ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday, Sept. 14, directed the Minnesota National Guard to send a  helicopter and response team to assist with Hurricane Florence relief efforts in North Carolina.  

“I thank the courageous Minnesota National Guard soldiers who will provide this critical assistance,” Dayton said in a news release. “Minnesotans stand ready to assist in any way we are able.”

Dayton’s order authorizes a response team that includes one CH-47 Chinook Heavy Transport Helicopter, four crew members, and one liaison officer. The team will provide general personnel and supply aviation support to relief efforts that have been ongoing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia since the storm made landfall.

Assistance was requested from the Minnesota National Guard through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. The hurricane made landfall Thursday.