By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Monday, August 28, 2017, Alabamians and their leaders respond to the crisis in Texas following the flooding created by Hurricane Harvey.
Alabama Governor Ivey authorized the Alabama National Guard to Assist in Hurricane Harvey efforts. Upon a request from the National Guard Bureau, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has authorized Alabama Adjutant General Sheryl Gordon to send two CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and two UH-60M medical aircraft, along with their respective crews, to assist in recovery efforts in Texas as a response to Hurricane Harvey.
Gov. Ivey said, “One of the hallmarks of the American spirit is the desire to help each other when disaster strikes. Alabama is proud to help our friends in Texas through lending our National Guard resources and offering our prayers and continued support in the days of recovery which lie ahead.”
US Senator Luther Strange Americans come together when our neighbors need our help. The stories coming out of Texas are inspiring and the response to Hurricane Harvey demonstrate the best of who we are as a nation. If you would like to help the efforts in Texas:”
US Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore said, “Kayla and I are praying for God’s protection over all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the first responders who are in harm’s way.” If you’d like to donate to help victims of the storm, please consider Samaritan’s Purse who is assisting with disaster relief.
Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, wrote on social media. “My heart is heavy for the many people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. If you’d like to help out, here are some ways you can aid those who have been affected.”
Alabama Attorney General candidate Sam McLure released a statement regarding Hurricane Harvey. McLure wrote, “Today, we stand with the citizens of Texas who are dealing with the aftermath of one of the worst national disasters ever, Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this horrific tragedy. While devastating and horrible, we have seen our fellow Americans binding together and helping one another. We are thankful for the First Responders who have acted so heroically in the face of danger to save lives and help the wounded. Through tragedy, we have seen what Americans are made of.”
CBS News compiled this guide to how to help the victims.
McLure added, “I encourage everyone to contribute in one way or another to the relief effort that is going on in Texas. Many local churches are working to bring aid to the area. But beyond that, another way you can contribute would be to donate to such causes as the Red Cross (www.redcross.org) or to the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org).
“Let us bind together and support our brothers and sisters. Let us show them we love them and ensure they have everything they need to recover from this tragedy.”
The White House released a statement in which they wrote that after multiple updates from the Chief of Staff last evening and Sunday morning, President Trump and Vice President Pence met with their Cabinet and senior members of their Administration to discuss ongoing Federal support for Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. President Trump emphasized his expectations that all departments and agencies stay fully engaged and positioned to support his number one priority of saving lives. He reminded his team that the full impacts of this storm will occur over the next few days with heavy rains and flooding. The President directed his Federal team to remain fully engaged and in support of the Governors of Texas and Louisiana. He sends his thanks to the many volunteer and faith-based organizations that are dedicating their time and effort to helping their fellow Americans. The President and Vice President extend their thoughts and prayers to those affected.