North Dakota’s 119th Wing sends equipment for hurricane relief

North Dakota’s 119th Wing sends equipment for hurricane relief

Approximately 80 tons of equipment was flown to the US Virgin Islands to support hurricane relief efforts.

The North Dakota Air National Guard worked through the weekend to load and send approximately 80 tons of equipment to the US Virgin Islands to support hurricane relief efforts, the US National Guard has reported.

Twenty airmen from the 119th Wing packed and loaded their Disaster Relief Beddown System (DRBS) onto six C-130s Hercules planes this past weekend [Sep 30/Oct 1] for transport to the US Virgin Islands. The DRBS package consists of temporary emergency shelter designed to house 150 people with a place to sleep, and includes showers, laundry facilities, latrines, water purification, generators and power distribution, said the Guard.

“These kits contain billeting, self-help laundry, reverse osmosis water purification unit (ROWPU), which can produce up to 2,200 gallons per hour of potable water,” said Senior Master Sgt Tim Laney, 119th Civil Engineer Squadron unit deployment manager. “We are also sending eight generators along with latrines and a big refrigerator unit.”