Texas Governor Greg Abbott is activating the entire Texas National Guard in response to Hurricane Harvey. About 3,000 guardsman are already in the field, bringing the total number of deployed to roughly 12,000.
“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."
Guard members will assist in the ongoing search and rescue effort for any Texans in immediate danger, and will be heavily involved in the extensive recovery effort in the aftermath of the storm.
The new mobilization sends all guard members who are physically able, not currently deployed, preparing to deploy or in a combat preparation cycle, to answer the call for help. All Texas Military Department personnel should report to their respective units for further instructions.