Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas, likely impacting the lives of more than 450,000 people, according to the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And they need your help.
In the briefing, Long put out a request for help to anyone who can volunteer, whether it’s donating money and supplies or getting involved through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, a site that lists opportunities for others to get involved.
Harvey barreled over the Texas coast Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, making its way as far as north as Corpus Christi. It is the first major storm to make landfall on Texas in 12 years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
More than a dozen injuries were reported, and the death toll is at five, according to the New York Times. Tens of thousands have been forced from their homes by flooding, and even more are without power.
“This shelter mission is going to be a very heavy lift,” Long reported to CNN. “We are anticipating over 30,000 people being placed in shelters temporarily to stabilize the situation and provide for their care.”
Harvey isn’t finished yet. Now downgraded to a tropical storm, it is still expected to dump still more rain on Houston. As of this morning, more than 13 million people have been placed under flood watch between Corpus Christi and New Orleans, CNN reported.
“We have not seen an event like this,” Long said. “You couldn’t draw this situation up.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor July 18, 2016, for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to the 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Maj. Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tammy Nooner)
by Martin Slagter, The Ann Arbor News, Mich.
YPSILANTI, MI - When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.
His aircraft badly damaged, left spilling fuel, and his gunner was severely injured during the treacherous operation.
But he helicoptered in and out of the battlefield four times, saving the lives of 44 soldiers in a death-defying emergency operation that would become a legendary tale of bravery in the Vietnam War.
The M160 Robotic Mine Flail at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Photo: Maj. Dan Marchik/U.S. Army
The battlefield of the future could feature robot medics delivering life-saving care to casualties in the line of fire. At least, that's what the Army is aiming for — and it's willing to pay millions for help doing it.
A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)
China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."