Two days before Management Assistant Scott T. planned to evacuate his Fort Myers, Florida, home ahead of Hurricane Irma, he got a call that changed his plans.
His National Guard unit had been called to duty.
Within hours, Scott shifted roles from running the Exotic Car Collection branch in downtown Naples to that of a National Guard officer working a state of emergency.
“My unit had been activated, so instead of evacuating to Georgia with my wife, I had 48 hours to report to Tampa with the National Guard,” says Scott, a First Lieutenant with the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “With the state of emergency declared, we knew we’d have to act fast.”