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FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s Army base is playing a
key role in preparing for Hurricane Irene.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday
that the Pentagon has picked Fort Bragg as a
staging area for disaster relief efforts.

Designating Fort Bragg as a support base allows the Federal
Emergency Management Agency to put recovery supplies closer to the
Outer Banks, which could take a hit from the hurricane this
weekend.

A Fort Bragg spokeswoman said 200 trucks will be ready to carry
supplies including water, food, cots and generators.

FEMA keeps meals, millions of liters of water and hundreds of
thousands of blankets at distribution centers throughout the United
States. Some are moved to distribution centers like Fort Bragg when
storms are expected.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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