When disasters like flooding or ice storms strike, the Vermont National Guard responds. Vital equipment is used during state emergencies. Much of the same equipment used in the Iraq War. "Do we have concerns? Yes we do," said Colonel Jon Farnham, of the Vt. National Guard. Now inventory is down in every state. It's been called a national epidemic. "You name it, we are short," said National Guard Bureau Chief Lt. Steven Blum. "I'm talking about dozers, graders, loaders, dump trucks." Col. Farnham says the Vermont Guard's inventory now stands at about 50 percent. The biggest shortages are in military vehicles and tents, which are used for emergency shelter. We counted more than a dozen humvees and hemtt trucks on site at Camp Johnson in Colchester. "Some equipment is in war-zone and some is being retrofitted. Some is lost permanently," said. Col. Farnham. It's battle damaged or simply worn out. The equipment shortage fuels concerns that the National Guard will be slow to respond to emergencies at the national level. "The lack of equipment makes it take longer to do that job and lost time translates into lost lives. Those lost lives are American lives," said Lt. Blum.