Military hurricane preparedness drill held in Westhampton

WESTHAMPTON BEACH - Hundreds of airmen and soldiers arrived by helicopters, Humvees and trucks to Westhampton Beach today for a three-day hurricane preparedness drill.

As part of the drill, known as "Operation Rainbow Hurricane," units of the Air Guard 106th Rescue Wing and the 42nd Army Infantry Division set up tents, generators, satellite dishes and a fully computerized war room.

"Hopefully, we're not going to have to put this into action for real, but it is always a threat," says Air Guard Base Commander Col. Tom Owens.

The last time a major hurricane made landfall in Westhampton and Suffolk County was back in 1938, leaving the area flooded and paralyzed for weeks.Division of Military & Naval Affairs

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