Texas Governor Activates Entire Texas National Guard in Response to Harvey Devastation
On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he was activating the entire Texas National Guard in response to the devastation from Harvey.
Officials say that with this addition, the total number of deployed guardsman will be roughly 12,000. The Texas Guard currently has approximately 3,000 personnel activated and mobilized for operations relating to Harvey rescue and recovery.
“It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm,” said Governor Abbott. “The Texas National Guard is working closely with FEMA and federal troops to respond urgently to the growing needs of Texans who have fallen victim to Hurricane Harvey, and the activation of the entire Guard will assist in the efforts already underway. I would like to thank FEMA Administrator Brock Long, as well as all our brave first responders for their hard work in helping those impacted by this terrible storm.”
The National Guardsmen will be helping with the ongoing search and rescue for those in danger from the storm. They will also help in the recovery effort.
“The men and women of the Texas National Guard are working around the clock to support all relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey,” said Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, Texas Adjutant General. “We will not rest until we have made every effort to rescue all those in harm’s way. We will remain here as long as we are needed. I want to thank Governor Abbott for his continued leadership and look forward to serving the great people of Texas.”