President sends much needed aid to Japan

ALBANY, GA (WTOC) - Relief efforts are underway as President Barack Obama sends one aircraft carrier full of help to Japan's shores, with another on the way.

When a major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, aid often comes from Albany.

The Department of Defense's Humanitarian Assistance program warehouse at Marine Corps Logistics base is on standby to help again. Supplies have already been packed and ready to go.

There are only two other warehouses like this one in the world. One of them is in Okinawa, Japan, but it's status is unclear, so workers here are on standby ready to start shipping when they get the word.

Likely the same will be done for Japan, over the next 24 to 48 hours the needs will be assessed and when the calls goes out, the Marines will be ready to answer.

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