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Harvey: Military reveals seven years of preparation!

“We have done exercises for the past seven years…..   ….in preparation for an event such as this.”  Official Defense Department video overview of Hurricane Harvey response, in which it was revealed that the federal government has been prepping for such natural disasters for the past seven years (under the Obama regime):

Harvey: VET=Veterinary Emergency Team, helping animals is good for you!

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that these members of people’s families are well taken care of. We call it puppy therapy just because it makes us feel good. I actually had one soldier tell me that pets make him feel at home.”-Jennifer G. Gauntt, Texas A&M University VET

Animal care at Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas, 09 SEP 2017

VET means Veterinary Emergency Team and National Guard personnel from dozens of states have been doing their part, and feeling the love in return: “It can be kind of therapeutic to Soldiers and people. It takes the heartbreak down, takes the blood pressure down.”-Debra L. Zoran, Small Animal Science professor at Texas A&M University

VET volunteers and National Guard personnel treat cows injured by the flood, 09 SEP 2017

Jefferson County, Texas, 07 SEP 2017

Video, Operation Hay Haul near Austin, Texas, 12 SEP 2017:

Near Port Arthur, Texas, 30 AUG 2017

Starving dog scarfs down MRE in Orange, Texas, 05 SEP 2017

Another dog rescue in Orange, Texas, 05 SEP 2017


Harvey: New threat, Pestilence!

“…..I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.”-Revelation 6:7, New American Standard Bible

Google Earth map of flooded Houston area

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are sounding a new alarm over the aftermath of Harvey; due to the massive flooding insects that can transmit diseases are increasing significantly.

A USAF Reserve C-130 unit from Ohio is in eastern Texas preparing to spray millions of acres affected by flooding.   The USAF’s 910th Airlift Wing, based at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, is the only Department of Defense unit equipped to carry out such a mission.

USAF reserve personnel prep a C-130H in San Antonio for aerial spraying ops, 12 SEP 2017

Bug spray mission over Lake Jackson, Texas, 13 SEP 2017

North of Beaumont, Texas, 31 AUG 2017


Harvey: 3 weeks later Rescue Recons continue!

Air and Army National Guard units from dozens of states deployed to Texas to deal with the aftermath of Harvey.  Some units have returned home, some were shifted to Florida when Irma hit, but even now Harvey Rescue Recon operations are still ongoing in Texas.

Three weeks later property in Orange, Texas, still flooded. Pic taken on 10 SEP 2017

09 SEP 2017 Port Arthur, Texas, the Oklahoma National Guard distributed everything from water to cleaning products to generators

09 SEP 2017 residents of Holiday Beach, Texas, thank Oklahoma National Guard personnel for the help

Video report, Arkansas National Guard in Lumberton, Texas, 11 SEP 2017:

The Texas National Guard, along with civilian volunteers and municipal employees, operates warehouses where donations of supplies (that’s right, donations, not taxpayer funded stuff) are consolidated before distribution: “The amount of donations we receive is never consistent. Most nights we receive about two, but during the day we can receive anywhere from five to ten, sometimes even more.”-First Lieutenant Heather Seidl

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson’s academy used as aid distribution center in Port Arthur, 09 SEP 2017

Arkansas National Guard unload a semi-trailer filled with supplies for Kountze, Texas, 09 SEP 2017

Video, Brigadier General Patrick Hamilton explains ongoing National Guard rescue recon ops, 10 SEP 2017:

Onward Christian Soldiers? Texas Guard units, as well as civilian volunteers from Louisiana, used the First Baptist Church in Port Neches for Rest & Recovery

Texas National Guard about to recover a stuck Dodge Ram in Orange County, note the license plate

Rescue Recon mission Houston, Texas, 05 SEP 2017

Recovery of a beached oil drilling ship in the Aransas Pass near Corpus Christi, 04 SEP 2017

Harvey: Marines use Amphibious Combat Tanks to save lives!

Ever want to ride in one of those AmTracks (aka Assault Amphibious Vehicle or AAV)?  Some unlucky victims of Harvey, near Beaumont, Texas, got lucky and were rescued by Charlie Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division, USMC Reserve.

At least 60 USMC personnel used ten AmTracks to rescue more than 3-hundred people.

The large amphibious troop carriers evolved from the smaller U.S. Army M113 APC.

The AAV-P7 (aka LVTP-7) was developed in the late 1960s, with the USMC first using it in 1972, but I don’t think the designers ever thought the AAV would be used to rescue silly-vilians.

Beaumont, Texas, 31 AUG 2017

A happy ‘camper’!


Harvey: Texas Militia running on fumes?

“An army marches on its stomach.”-Napoleon Bonaparte

And a modern army rolls with fuel.

“In the beginning, this place was pretty hectic. Units were all excited about getting in and getting to work.”-Major Luke Reynard

The Texas National Guard set up a ‘truck stop’ for its units taking part in Harvey rescue/recovery operations.

Logistical Staging Area Brenham is an hour west of Houston and provides food, cots, toilets and fuel.

“We’ve done a good job here. It’s been a good mission. Now we just need to get our people home safe so we can rest and reset for the next natural disaster.”-First Sergeant George Salazar

Harvey Food Crisis: Marines deliver the goods to Orange!

USMC Reserve units make Red Cross supply run to flooded Orange, Texas, 03 SEP 2017.

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Video two:

Orange, Texas