Tex. Army, Air National Guard to Assist First Responders During Hurricane Harvey


Tex. Army, Air National Guard to Assist First Responders During Hurricane Harvey

News Aug 25, 2017

Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas—Aug. 25—Members of the Texas Army and Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard have been activated and are getting ready across the state for Hurricane Harvey.

According to a press release from the Texas Military Department, about 700 members of the guards are prepositioning at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott and other personnel remain on standby.

There are air crews on standby in San Antonio and in Austin to help with emergency search and rescue and emergency evacuations, according to the release. There also are several Texas Army National ground transportation teams prepositioned in Victoria and College Station that are ready to help local and state agencies.

"This is what we train for, and we're proud to stand beside our civilian partners, first responders and volunteers to serve the citizens of Texas," Brig. Gen. Patrick M. Hamilton, commander of domestic operations task force, said in a statement. "This is Texans helping Texans -- neighbors helping neighbors. While we don't want to have to put our training to the test during a tragedy, our citizen-guardsmen remain prepared to help save lives and property, when called."

The release said that the department will keep working with the Texas Division of Emergency Management to determine any additional personnel or equipment that might be necessary.


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