Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced he's authorized the deployment of 26 Maryland National Guard members to assist with water purification in Puerto Rico.

Hogan's directive follows conversations with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and other discussions with officials on the American territory following Hurricane Maria. The detachment from the National Guard's 29th Combat Aviation Brigade will be there for up to 60 days, along with two tactical systems that state officials say can each purify 1,200 gallons of water per hour.

Potable water is one of a number of necessities now in short supply since the storm made landfall there more than a week ago.

“During my conversation with Governor Rossello, I offered the full support of the State of Maryland to Puerto Rico and all areas devastated by these recent storms,” Hogan said in a statement. “Maryland is fortunate to have been spared the worst effects of this hurricane season so far, and we stand ready to respond to those in desperate need of resources.”

Maryland sent help to Florida and Texas following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Those crews assisted in search, rescue, shelter support, debris removal, energy infrastructure and other areas of need.

“The emergency management system in Maryland is filled with local, state, private, and non-governmental partners dedicated to ensuring the safety and resiliency of Maryland citizens. They also stand ready to support our sister states and territories in times of need," said Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Russell Strickland. "MEMA will continue to coordinate requests for assistance in response to and recovery from disasters."