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Governor activates entire Texas National Guard in response to Harvey

Governor activates entire Texas National Guard in response to Harvey

THE HILL reports:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday activated the state’s entire National Guard in response to Hurricane Harvey, pushing the total deployment to 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,” Abbott said in a statement.

"The Texas National Guard is working closely with [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] 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.”

Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning said Monday that National Guard units from across the country will provide cargo aircraft, helicopters and other resources to help with rescue and recovery efforts.

Active duty units were also on the way to staging areas to prepare for a formal request for help.

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