I joined Gov. Nikki Haley and various representatives from around the state yesterday for a roundtable discussion to share proposals and plans in South Carolina, should we see any cases of Ebola in our state. South Carolina has no reported cases of Ebola and is not monitoring any individuals with any symptoms of Ebola, but preparations are always key, much like we do for any response. We had informative discussions with DHEC and medical personnel and are confident our state is prepared. “Team South Carolina” under the leadership of Gov. Haley will continue to develop contingencies and ways to work with our neighboring states on this issue. Communication and planning before any situation evolves is crucial.
We in the S.C. National Guard are following events and receiving daily updates from National Guard Bureau and the Department of Defense. We have been briefed about the directive signed by the President to mobilize Guard and Reserve forces if needed to support any response efforts. While none of our resources or units in the S.C. National Guard have been requested for mobilization, we stand ready to support with whatever capabilities we can provide if requested.
The care and protection of our personnel is top priority. Should our Soldiers or Airmen be called to support any efforts, we always ensure our personnel are trained to operate safely in any conditions and that they have the proper equipment to sustain their protection.
Thank you as always for your commitment and service.