State reminds Big Island residents to be vigilant of National Guard impersonators

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - As personnel from the Hawaii National Guard (HING) deploy to the Big Island, officials are advising the public to remain vigilant.

"Because there have been reports during previous events of civilians wearing camouflage and impersonating military members to gain access to evacuated homes, the Hawaii National Guard is reminding the public that Soldiers and Airmen will be in military vehicles and carrying their military IDs," the Department of Defense, HI-EMA said in a news release.

"If there is a question at any time whether or not a person is with the Hawaii National Guard, look for their vehicle and ask to see their military ID," they added.

State officials say 70 Soldiers and Airmen from HING are currently on Hawaii Island assisting emergency management operations. Personnel are working with county crews to secure neighborhoods and monitor sulfur dioxide levels in the air.

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