Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia and he's put about 250 members of the state's national guard on alert in response to Hurricane Irene, which is expected to hit the eastern coastline this weekend.
A guard spokesman says personnel, vehicles and equipment will head to readiness centers in three different areas so they can quickly respond to whatever needs arise when the storm moves north this weekend.
The guardsmen will be able to provide high water transport and recovery, light debris removal and other response missions.
The Governor has the authority to put up to 300 guard members on active duty during the emergency.