Sixteen Kansas Highway Patrol troopers will be deployed to Louisiana on Saturday, Sept. 25, to provide support around areas affected by Hurricane Ida, according to an announcement Thursday by Gov. Laura Kelly.
The KHP troopers are deploying as part of an Emergency Management Compact, an agreement that allows states to send government aid to other states in emergencies.
“In times of crisis, Kansans have always stepped up to help out our fellow Americans – and today is no different,” Gov. Laura Kelly said. “Today, I deployed Kansas State Troopers to Louisiana to help those struggling in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida. We stand ready to provide relief for the impacted families.”
The mobile field force troopers will be sent out with equipment on a 16-day deployment to areas affected by the Hurricane Ida disaster. Their mission will be to augment the Louisiana State Police with additional personnel for law enforcement functions.
“The KHP recognizes the need to provide support and assistance to our partnering agencies, especially when nature strikes, and our services are requested,” Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Herman Jones said. “As a result of the devastation that came with Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana State Police has formally requested our assistance, along with the assistance of other state police and emergency management agencies – and we stand ready to help.”