Military Response to Disasters
North Sacramento Flood, 1928
(March-April 1928)

National Guard Response

North Sacramento Flood. Sunday March 25, 1928, the American River overflowed its banks and members of Battery D, 143d Field Artillery and the 184th Infantry assisted in the rescue work and also in protecting property from looters. Two officers and fifty-two enlisted men under command of Captain A. B. Waite, 184th Infantry, reported and remained on duty until April 1. Blankets and cots were furnished the refugees and the North Sacramento Armory was used as a relief station. These emergencies furnished the first opportunities in recent years for tests of the ability of organizations to mobilize rapidly, with all equipment necessary, for effective service in civil disturbance or disaster emergency. The promptness with which they mobilized and reported at the scene of action, as well as the effective service rendered, furnishes a criterion indicating the promptness and the effectiveness of action to be expected in future emergencies.
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