10/9/2013 12:44 AM
by Courtney Rosemond
CHARLESTON - The leader of the West Virginia National Guard says the state isn't as prepared to respond to a disaster as it should be due to the federal government shutdown.
Maj. Gen. James Hoyer told reporters Tuesday that a lack of funding is eroding the guard's preparedness. He says his units aren't training as much as they should be and maintenance of the guard's equipment is becoming an issue.
Hoyer says the maintenance is an especially big problem when it comes to responding to a disaster. He says the state may not be able to send as many helicopters to quickly respond to a disaster as it would like to because of maintenance problems, or because pilots have lost their qualifications due to a lack of training.