Governor Abbott today activated the entire Texas National Guard, some 12,000 citizen soldiers, to help with the Tropical Storm Harvey disaster in Houston, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Abbott says the Guard will mainly assist in search and rescue operations, helping local officials rescue individuals who are in immediate danger.
“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."
The governor had previously activated 4,000 National Guardsmen to assist with storm efforts.The activation of the National Guard is open ended, and the Guard will be working 24/7 to tackle the human disaster of Harvey.
"We will not rest until we have made every effort to rescue all those in harm's way," Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, Texas Adjutant General said. "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."