USA — Texas Guard Prepares for Season’s First Hurricane

ARLINGTON, Va., June 29, 2010 — About 2,500 mem­bers of the Texas Nation­al Guard are on stand­by in antic­i­pa­tion of Trop­i­cal Storm Alex, which is expect­ed to become a hur­ri­cane and hit the low­er Texas coast late July 1 or ear­ly July 2.

Tropical Storm Alex in the Joint Emergency Operations Center at Camp Mabry, Texas
Left to right, Air Force Col. Con­nie McN­abb, chief of the Texas Joint Staff; Air Force Brig. Gen. John Nichols, com­man­der of the Texas Air Nation­al Guard; Army Maj. Gen. Jose May­or­ga, Texas adju­tant gen­er­al; and Army Brig. Gen. Joyce Stevens, com­man­der of the Texas Army Nation­al Guard, lis­ten intent­ly to pre­dic­tions for Trop­i­cal Storm Alex in the Joint Emer­gency Oper­a­tions Cen­ter at Camp Mabry, Texas, June 29, 2010.
U.S. Army pho­to by Spc. Maria Moy
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The deploy­ment of troops and the loca­tions where they will go depends on future weath­er pre­dic­tions and where land­fall occurs, Texas Nation­al Guard offi­cials said.

Texas Guard assets that may be employed include eight UH-60 Black Hawk heli­copters and crews, and three C‑130 Her­cules air­craft and crews that can assist with air evac­u­a­tions if need­ed. Addi­tion­al­ly, offi­cials said, Guard mem­bers have vehi­cles capa­ble of cross­ing high-water areas.

The Guard mem­bers would be work­ing in sup­port of local and state author­i­ties, and in addi­tion to pro­vid­ing evac­u­a­tion capa­bil­i­ties, they also can bring med­ical per­son­nel, com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment and secu­ri­ty teams if those assets are need­ed.

“We con­tin­ue to close­ly mon­i­tor this storm, and are prepar­ing accord­ing­ly for its poten­tial impact to our com­mu­ni­ties,” Texas Gov. Rick Per­ry said on his web­site today. “Trop­i­cal Storm Alex is now in the Gulf, and it is imper­a­tive that res­i­dents pay atten­tion to this storm, heed warn­ings from their local lead­ers, and take the steps nec­es­sary to pro­tect their fam­i­lies, homes and busi­ness­es.”

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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