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Harvey Aftermath

Harvey Aftermath

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

Gov. Greg Abbott Mobilizes Entire Texas National Guard for Hurricane Response

    The Texas State Guard and the National Guard were called in to help the victims of Harvey's flooding in the Houston area over the weekend. (Published Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017)

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Monday mobilized the remainder of the Texas National Guard in response to Hurricane Harvey, bringing the total number of deployed guardsman to roughly 12,000 people.

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    Texas Governor Greg Abbott gave a briefing on the latest on Harvey Monday afternoon. Abbott mobilized the remainder of the Texas National Guard in response to Hurricane Harvey, bringing the total number of deployed guardsman to roughly 12,000 people.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 28, 2017)

    On Sunday, Abbott mobilized 3,000 members of the National Guard and Texas National Guard and then filed a request with the Secretary of Defense to establish dual status command of both guards.

    “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 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.”

    Long said the storm remains a dangerous situation and that there is a long response effort ahead.

    "FEMA was here before the storm hit, and we will be here as long as needed, actively coordinating the full resources of the federal government, to support Gov. Abbott and the state," Long said.

    The governor's office issued a statement late Monday morning saying the new mobilization sends "those who are physically able, not currently deployed, preparing to deploy or in a combat preparation cycle to answer the call for help and assist their fellow Texans in need. All Texas Military Department personnel should report to their respective units for further instructions."

    On Sunday, Abbott said guard members were being positioned all along the Texas Gulf Coast. Along with the guard, Abbott said 500 vehicles, six shelters and 14 aircraft had been put into service.

    Also on Sunday, Abbott announced he added 12 counties to the Presidential Disaster Declaration list granted last week, bringing the total number of Texas counties on that disaster list to 18. Also, 50 counties have already been declared state disaster zones, 30 earlier in the week and 20 on Saturday. Four additional counties were added later in the day bringing the total on the state list to 54.

    NBC 5 and Kroger are teaming up to get help with the relief effort for the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Visit your neighborhood Kroger and make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross at Kroger's check-out registers. All of the money will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those in need by providing food, shelter and emotional support for the people whose lives have been disrupted. Visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.

     

    Other ways to help the victims of Hurricane/TS Harvey:

     

    DONATE MONEY

    The Salvation Army is also accepting financial donations. Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) HelpSalvArmy.org

     

    DONATE BLOOD
    Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

     

    HELP PETS
    SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agendy is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift