Pentagon officials say preparations are well underway for the military and National Guard to respond if needed to Hurricane Wilma.
A Defense Emergency Operations Center will be established at Tallahassee, Fla. by tomorrow. The Pentagon has named a Defense Coordinating officer, who will serve as a liaison between state and federal agencies, the National Guard and NORTHCOM, the command in charge of homeland defense.
Homestead Air Force Base in South Florida will serve as the FEMA Mobilization Center. The Corps of Engineers has pre-positioned units in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.
Plans are being made to relocate the 21st Combat Support hospital, a portable medical facility, from Louisiana where it was used to treat victims of Hurricane Katrina to Florida if needed.