Georgia launches Hurricane Harvey response


Gov. Nathan Deal dispatched a Georgia Air National Guard unit to head to storm-battered Texas and help with the recovery of Hurricane Harvey, and he signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at safeguarding the state’s fuel supply.

The governor also said the state’s emergency management arm is coordinating with Texas agencies and federal authorities to help with the growing crisis, and he said “we have boots on the ground” in Texas and in Georgia working on the response.

“I stand ready to offer any further assistance or resources that may be needed as recovery operations continue,” Deal said in a statement.

RELATED: How to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Deal’s executive order waives trucking requirements for the transport of fuel and hurricane supplies. He also authorized a C-130 cargo aircraft and crew from the 165th Airlift Wing to a Texas air base to help deploy people, equipment and supplies across the flood-ravaged Houston area.

Georgia joins a growing cadre of states that have sent Guard units to hard-hit areas around Houston to offer their manpower and equipment amid the growing crisis. Deal’s announcement came a day after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mobilized all 12,000 members of the Texas National Guard.


Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Georgia Politics

Move for freer political speech divides Georgia’s religious community
Move for freer political speech divides Georgia’s religious community

It’s a regular ritual on Sundays before big votes: Candidates fan out to churches across the state, take prominent perches near the pulpit and receive warm applause from parishioners. And preachers inevitably shower them with kind words, though they stop short of much more lest they cross an invisible line. That’s exactly what happened...
Group blames low EPD funding for Georgia’s water pollution problems
Group blames low EPD funding for Georgia’s water pollution problems

Members of a group of clean water advocates said the General Assembly’s failure to fully fund the Environmental Protection Division is a recurring theme of the organization’s annual list of problematic waterways and policies. Joe Moore, a member of the Georgia Water Coalition, said the Legislature harms the state’s waterways when...
Georgia’s craft brewers would win big in Senate tax bill
Georgia’s craft brewers would win big in Senate tax bill

The U.S. Senate’s new tax bill would give Georgia’s small craft breweries some holiday cheer months after a watershed state law provided a major economic boon to beer makers and liquor distillers. The would-be Christmas present comes in the form of a proposed tax decrease, which industry advocates say would put thousands of dollars into...
Governor to consider vast new changes to Georgia’s judiciary
Governor to consider vast new changes to Georgia’s judiciary

A panel created by Gov. Nathan Deal recommended a range of options to counter a landmark Georgia Supreme Court ruling that effectively bars residents from suing the state when trying to overturn a law they believe is unconstitutional. The findings submitted to Deal on Tuesday by the Court Reform Council also suggested the creation of a statewide...
Paper ballots pass Election Day test in Georgia
Paper ballots pass Election Day test in Georgia

The results are in from this month’s test run of a voting system that could bring paper ballots back to Georgia: It was easy to use and fast, but it would come with a high cost to taxpayers. The trial of the touch screen-plus-paper ballot voting system “came off without a hitch” when it was tried during the Nov. 7 election...
More Stories