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MING logistics specialists assist with distribution of medical equipment during COVID19
April 06, 2020
Michigan National Guard logistics specialists assist with distribution of medical equipment during COVID-19 response
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard has received a request to aid community healthcare coalitions in four locations across the state with supply and logistics management of medical equipment, including Lansing, Pontiac, Rockford, and Taylor. The Michigan National Guard is supporting each site with 4 guard members, a mix of logistical and medical specialists who assist the coalitions with planning, distributing and tracking critical medical supplies across Michigan to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
The Michigan National Guard has been supporting this mission since the beginning of April and is expected to continue through the end of May.
“The men and women of the Michigan National guard live in your communities as neighbors,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard. “they are also technical experts that have the skills to support the State of Michigan’s response to COVID-19 .”
State of Michigan emergency managers requested Michigan National Guard personnel to assist community and regional healthcare coalitions with supply chain management. These coalitions are responsible for requesting necessary medical supplies from the State, receiving, and distributing those supplies within their regions. Supplies come from the national stockpile, donations, or from other regions, and are critically important to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The Michigan National Guard has been integrated into the State’s emergency response since the Governor’s announcement on March 18th. Across the state of Michigan, the guard is supporting medical screening, assisting at local food banks, augmenting the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), and supporting efforts for hospital expansion across Michigan. The President approved Title 32 funding for the Michigan National Guard on March 30th, providing federal funding for future humanitarian relief activities in Michigan under the authority of the Governor.