Kan. gov. calls out National Guard troops in storm

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback has called out Kansas National Guard troops to help transport emergency and medical personnel and rescue stranded motorists.

Brownback also announced Tuesday that he's issued a disaster declaration for the state. The declaration makes it easier for the state Division of Emergency Management to move personnel and equipment around the state.

Their officers said war fighting training and civilian assistance missions like this aren't really all that different.

"Well it's the same skill set that it requires to go to war. It takes a lot of planning, a lot of leadership, a lot of coordination. Getting the right people to do the right thing at the right time. So really it's no different than our wartime mission," Captain Bryan Gregory said.

State Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli said 36 National Guard members have been activated to work in four-member teams. He said their first priority will be transporting emergency and medical personnel who can't get through on snow-packed roads.

Schools and government offices were closed in much of Kansas on Tuesday amid the storm that was expected to drop up to a foot of snow in some places.

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