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An Air Force member helps a family of Hurricane Harvey survivors onto an Air Force HC-130 Hercules aircraft for relocation in Beaumont, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017.

An Air Force member helps a family of Hurricane Harvey survivors onto an Air Force HC-130 Hercules aircraft for relocation in Beaumont, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017. The Coast Guard is working closely with federal, state and local agencies to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray/Released)

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Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Gallant, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Miami, carries a boy away from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Beaumont, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Gallant, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Miami, carries a boy away from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Beaumont, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017. An aircraft crew working out of Air Station Houston transported a group of people from a shelter to Jack Brooks Regional Airport in Beaumont, Texas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki/Released)

A child pets her cat after boarding a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in a flooded Vidor, Texas, neighborhood, Aug. 31, 2017

A child pets her cat after boarding a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in a flooded Vidor, Texas, neighborhood, Aug. 31, 2017. An aircraft crew working out of Coast Guard Air Station Houston picked up a group of six people stranded by floodwaters and brought them to safety. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki/Released)

Coast Guard aircrews conduct flyovers to assess the ports of Houston, Texas City, Freeport and Galveston, Aug. 31, 2017

Coast Guard aircrews conduct flyovers to assess the ports of Houston, Texas City, Freeport and Galveston, Aug. 31, 2017. These port assessments are conducted in order to identify any damaged Coast Guard regulated port facility, potential oil spills or chemical release and any navigational obstruction along the ports. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley/Released)

GRAHAM, PENCE, AND TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT WENT TO OUR WORK SITE IN ROCKPORT. A DAY OF PRAYER FOR TEXAS HAS BEEN DECLARED FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 3.

Franklin Graham traveled to Rockport, Texas, today to view firsthand the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and Governor Greg Abbott accompanied Graham to one of our work sites to help Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteers as they assist homeowners in need.

Vice President Mike Pence greets Samaritan's Purse volunteers in Texas.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE GREETS SAMARITAN’S PURSE VOLUNTEERS IN TEXAS.

The Vice President, his wife, Governor Abbott, and Graham prayed at First Baptist in Rockport earlier in the day. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry—a former Texas governor—and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao were also present.

“After difficult days, the President sent us here,” Pence said, “to say the American people are with you. We will be here every day until this region rebuilds bigger and better than ever before.”

Governor Abbott declared Sunday, September 3, to be a day of prayer for Texas.

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The need for volunteers to help Texas recover is great. “We need Christian men and women willing to come to south Texas to help us,” Graham said. “There’s so much need down here. We’ve got two locations up and we’ll have three more by the end of next week. We’ll be able to receive 1,000 volunteers a day.”

Such an Encouragement

Governor Abbott and Vice President Pence rolled up their sleeves and joined our volunteers working at Joanna’s home. Joanna is the mother of Toni Naro, who has been volunteering with our U.S. Disaster Relief project for three years. Naro, a resident of Hickory, North Carolina, was very surprised and encouraged by the visit.

Toni Naro is hard at work with Samaritan's Purse in Texas. We're helping her mom recover after her home was damaged in the storm.

TONI NARO IS HARD AT WORK WITH SAMARITAN’S PURSE IN TEXAS. WE’RE HELPING HER MOM RECOVER AFTER HER HOME WAS DAMAGED IN THE STORM.

Naro has deployed with us on about a dozen responses and was eager to help in Texas. “When I’ve gone out to help other people I could always see the Holy Spirit at work,” she said. “Their faith has been changed forever. They see us and they know Jesus is with them. It means everything in those desperate moments.

“Today, the volunteers did that for my mom. She’s a Christian woman but this took the wind out of her. This was such an encouragement to her faith. I believe she’ll be closer to the Lord than ever before.”

Naro’s mom’s home had major damage to the roof, downed trees in her yard, and a flooded out interior.

Graham told Naro that he was thankful for her volunteer service and that we need more like her. “Tell your friends,” he told her. He also said that we’re standing with her mom and her neighbors “for the long haul.”

Multiple Relief Locations in Texas

Rockport took the initial blow when Hurricane Harvey roared ashore August 25 as a Category 4 storm with 130-mph winds. One of our disaster relief units—a tractor trailer stocked with equipment and supplies—arrived on Monday. Our volunteer teams started work on Wednesday, fanning out from our host church, First Baptist in Portland.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott assists in cleanup at one of our Samaritan's Purse work sites.

TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT ASSISTS IN CLEANUP AT ONE OF OUR SAMARITAN’S PURSE WORK SITES NEAR ROCKPORT TODAY.

Samaritan’s Purse has another site operating in Victoria, Texas, as well. Volunteers there have been hard at work in Jesus’ Name since Tuesday. More than 250 families have contacted us for assistance. We praise God that 18 individuals have made decisions for Christ.

In total, five disaster relief units will be deployed to Texas. Two are en route, with another to follow soon. A third base of operations will be opened in Santa Fe/Galveston and two more in Houston. We plan to enter the hardest hit areas just as soon as the proper authorities have given permission to do so.

As with every Samaritan’s Purse deployment, crisis-trained Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains will be coming alongside our teams to provide spiritual and emotional care to distressed homeowners and others throughout each respective community.

 

The Cajun Navy Rides to the Rescue in Texas

Tereena Gary‎ to Cajun Navy ( Rescue Op. Page )
4 hrs · Youngsville, LA · 
CAJUN NAVY LIVES:
What I just witnessed just did me in…
There was a man fueling up his boat at the Exxon (I think it’s a Chevron???) at Broad and Canal…couple people asked the guy where he was going with that boat…I’m going to Houston with the Cajun Navy.
Random people, total strangers, started throwing all the cash they had at him, offered to fill up his truck, fill up the boat tanks, buy him food, one guy asked if he wanted beer (LOL)… this ya’ll…this is us.
Not all the other bullcrap you see on the news and social media. Don’t ever let anyone kill the giving spirit of the people of South LA. We are forever grateful for all the help we received and will forever pay it forward.

Billiejean Conigliaro

When your ready to see what this country really is all about.Cajun Navy ( Rescue Op. Page )… This is the heart of our country, this is the best of what our people do… Please donate to these wonderful people…there is no doubt all funds will go to save lives in Texas…Time to send the haters packing and put our energy into the truth… This is a wonderful country, in the process of growing and becoming… this is our wake up call reminding us who we REALLY are!

Cajun Navy ( Rescue Op. Page )
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Do not post on this page unless you are part of the relief effort, but every American should read it. Post after post of fine Americans on their way to assist complete strangers. Read it and weep, literally. It is truly a fine country that we live in..

Matt Davis

People, please share this. I can’t thank Cajun Navy ( Rescue Op. Page ) enough for all they have done. I can honestly say they saved many many lives. Let’s show our support for this amazing group. Without them, many many people would be in bad shape. With all due respect, this is the best group of volunteers I have ever heard or been a part of. Amazing job guys. This is what the news should do an interview about. Not the “chaos” that wasn’t there but the greatness of people coming together to help thy neighbor.

Matt Davis posted this photo showing rescue efforts of Cajun Navy on Facebook

Coast Guard Air Station Houston continues to respond to rescue requests in Beaumont, Texas, August 30, 2017

Coast Guard Air Station Houston continues to respond to rescue requests in Beaumont, Texas, August 30, 2017. The Coast Guard partners with local Emergency Operations Centers and established an Incident Command Post to manage search and rescue operations. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo by Air Station Houston/Released)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Corpus Christi conducted an overflight of the greater Corpus Christi area, Aug. 31, 2017, to assess storm damage and plot the location of vessels aground. 

The Coast Guard partners with local Emergency Operation Center photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams rescued more than 940 people in the greater Houston Metro Area, Wednesday.

“We are assessing the needs of the community around-the-clock and strategically placing our punt teams in the best place to assist,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephanie Tindall, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. “We have been working closely with partnered agencies to ensure an effective and efficient response effort.” 

The Coast Guard has deployed assets and resources from across the country to create a sustainable response force. 

Currently, there are 33 Coast Guard helicopters and nine Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams, with 12 shallow-draft vessels, capable of operating in flooded urban areas.

Coast Guard has rescued more than 4,500 people and more than 113 pets.

Coast Guard crews re-install navigation markers for Port of Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, – Coast Guard Aids to Navigation team crew members replace and repair navigational aids in the Port of Corpus Christi, Thursday. 

ANT crews are working to reconstruct the port after damaged caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class DeWayne Visser pilots a 16-foot flood punt boat in search of stranded or distressed people in Friendswood, Texas, Aug. 29, 2017.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class DeWayne Visser pilots a 16-foot flood punt boat in search of stranded or distressed people in Friendswood, Texas, Aug. 29, 2017. The flood punt team from Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Kentucky, reported to the greater Houston area on Aug. 25 and have rescued over 850 people. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki/Released)

U.S. Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams from around the nation are assisting in rescue efforts

HOUSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard continues to respond to search and rescue requests in response to Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston Metro Area Wednesday

U.S. Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams from around the nation are assisting in rescue efforts and have saved more than 5,058 people from flooded homes and streets.

Currently, there are 9 punt teams and 12 punt boats assisting with rescue operations.

“We are assessing the needs of the community around the clock and strategically placing our punt teams in the best place to assist,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephanie Tindall, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. “We have been working closely with partnered agencies to ensure an effective and efficient response effort.” 

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Harris, assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team New Orleans, rescues a child Port Arthur, Texas, August 30, 2017

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Harris, assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team New Orleans, rescues a child in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Port Arthur, Texas, August 30, 2017. The Coast Guard partners with local emergency operation centers and established incident command post to manage search and rescue operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy by Maritime Safety and Security Team New Orleans/Release

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard, federal, state and local agencies are conducting search and rescue operations in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in and around Port Arthur, Texas.

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams, Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur crews, and multiple Coast Guard aircraft crews are assisting people in distress.

The Incident Command Post at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston remains active with recovery efforts.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 rescue crew offloads supplies and aircrew personnel at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile in support of Hurricane Harvey relief

An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter conducts search and rescue operations during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey above the greater Houston Metro Area, Aug. 29, 2017. The Coast Guard has deployed assets and resources from across the country to create a sustainable response force. 
U.S. Coast Guard Courtesy photo.

An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter conducts search and rescue operations during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey above the greater Houston Metro Area, Aug. 29, 2017. The Coast Guard has deployed assets and resources from across the country to create a sustainable response force. 
U.S. Coast Guard Courtesy photo.

 

The Coast Guard conducts search and rescue in response to Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston metro area Aug. 29, 2017. The Coast Guard is working closely with federal, state and local emergency operations centers and has established incident command posts to manage search and rescue operations. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Houston/Released)

Texas National Guard Night Rescues – Hurricane Harvey

Texas National Guard soldiers conduct night rescue operations in flooded areas around Texas after the devastation caused by Harvey. Video by Sgt. Sam DeLeon

Wheelchair hoist by U.S. Coast Guard at Houston, Texas

 

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES

08.29.2017

Courtesy Video

U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston

Coast Guard aircrews from ATC Mobile operating in Houston hoist a wheelchair during search-and-rescue operations on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017. More than 20 helicopters are supporting 24-hour SAR operations during Hurricane Harvey recovery.

Customs and Border Patrol Helicopter Rescue

 

TEXAS, UNITED STATES

08.29.2017

Courtesy Video

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs – Visual Communications Division

South Carolina National Guard Sends SC-HART to Support Hurricane Rescue and Recovery in Texas

South Carolina,  UNITED STATES

08.29.2017

Video by Sgt. David Erskine

South Carolina National Guard

Two South Carolina Army National Guard Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams (SC-HART) departed McEntire Joint National Guard Base today bound for Dallas County, Texas, in support of rescue and recovery efforts due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

CBP Air and Marine Helicopter Rescue

TX, UNITED STATES

08.29.2017

Courtesy Video

U. S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs – Visual Communications Division

35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade deploys to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Lt. Col. Indira Donegan, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion Commander says farewell to Soldiers of C Company going to Harvey disaster

HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, GA — Lt. Col. Indira Donegan, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, commander says farewell to Soldiers of C Company, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade before their relief deployment to Texas in support of Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Victor Everhart Jr.)

Hunter Army Airfield C Company 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion

HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, GA — Soldiers assigned to C Company, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade moving vehicles and equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster III before their relief deployment to Texas in support of Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Victor Everhart Jr.)

Junior Coast Guard member coordinates rescue in Vietnamese near Corpus Christi, Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, UNITED STATES

08.29.2017

Video by Chief Petty Officer Crystalynn Kneen

U.S. Coast Guard District 8 

Petty Officer 3rd Class Vincent Resley, a crewmember of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, coordinates rescue efforts in Vietnamese as he translates information between a Hurricane Harvey victim to the Coast Guard Command Center from the Incident Command Post in Corpus Christi, Texas, Aug. 29, 2017. The efforts of Resley resulted in a safe rescue of all four people aboard a 42-foot sinking vessel near Aransas Pass. U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Crystalynn A. Kneen

Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray deploys in support of Hurricane Harvey response efforts

JACKSONVILLE, FL, UNITED STATES

08.29.2017

Video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Soto 

U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville 

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Tomasi, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray, discusses his unit’s deployment Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, to assist with Hurricane Harvey response operations. Tomasi states his unit will provide support for aids to navigation repairs as well as assist in any additional missions as needed. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto

Air Force Maj. Gen. James C. Witham, the National Guard Bureau’s director of domestic operations, briefs reporters on Hurricane Harvey response and relief efforts from the Pentagon briefing room, Aug. 29, 2017.

HEADING TO HOUSTON

PORTLAND AIR GUARD STATION, OR, UNITED STATES

08.29.2017

Video by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin 

142nd Fighter Wing  

Members of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 125th Special Tactics Squadron have been called to provide humanitarian support for Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas. 
Approximately 17 Oregon Air National Guardsmen and three members of the 304th Rescue Squadron depart from Portland Air National Guard Base (PANG) Aug. 29, 2017, in two Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft headed to Texas.

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