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

Gov. Abbott Requests Control of U.S. National Guard in Texas

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    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, requesting Dual Status Command, Aug. 27, 2017.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott requested Sunday from U.S. Secretary of Defense General James Mattis that a Texas National Guard Dual Status Command (DSC) be established allowing for a single commander for both federal and state forces to oversee response to the devastation statewide of Hurricane Harvey.

    "It is imperative that we give our military and first responders on the ground the most efficient method of execution when responding to the urgent needs of Texans," said Abbott. "The Dual Status Command will ensure that the Texas National Guard is overseeing all response efforts in a way that most closely coordinates with federal troops and military efforts to ensure the needs of the victims of Hurricane Harvey are being met as swiftly and effectively as possible. I thank Secretary Mattis for his cooperation and immediate response to our request and continue to assure the people of this state that Texas is doing everything possible to aid in your time of need."

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    The DSC will centralize command and control, provide both federal troops and the Texas National Guard chains of command with a common operating picture, and facilitate unity of effort from all assigned forces.

    During the DSC operation, the National Guard remains a state entity under the exclusive command and control of the governor, while the president remains the commander-in-chief of federal troops.

    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 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.


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



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


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


    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