The Arkansas National Guard (ARNG) 188th Wing Airmen will provide remote support for the Hurricane Florence effort.

“Incident awareness and assessment support provides civil authorities in the affected regions information needed to make critical decisions as efficiently and effectively as possible,” officials said in a news release, noting that by using “Unclassified Processing, Analysis and Dissemination (UPAD) equipment, commercially available software, and non-secure networks, they are capable of processing and analyzing information from multiple sources, including commercial satellites, Civil Air Patrol aircraft, UH-72 Lakota and RC-26 Metroliners.”

Air National Guard Imagery Analysts from ARNG’s 188th wing will help local, state and federal authorities and first responders by providing processing, analysis and dissemination of imagery and geospatial products during and immediately following Hurricane Florence.

“Highly-trained Airmen analyze images and interpret raw data from a number of sources and transform this material into decision-quality information to provide a ‘picture’ of the affected region,” officials said. “This provides civil authorities the resources needed to make critical decisions as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

The mission started Thursday and will continue through Oct. 3, “unless sooner curtailed,” the release stated.

For more information about ARNG, visit www.arguard.org.