Texas National Guard at the ready at NTRA

By: Allison Harris
By: Allison Harris

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Governor Rick Perry has issued an emergency proclamation directing additional state resources to prepare for a severe winter storm system.

Ten military units of the Texas National Guard are now in Grayson County prepared to stay overnight Thursday and into the weekend if needed.

Members of the Texas National Guard rolled into North Texas Regional Airport Thursday ready to respond to the winter storm.

Clayton Harrison with the National Guard said, "For the most part we'll be here to support local sheriffs, ambulances, medical services."

The Texas Division of Emergency Management has put these boots on the ground to serve the public across our area.

Grayson County Emergency Manager Sarah Somers said, "We're really grateful to be the host of Texas military forces."

Government officials can call on these 31 service members to mobilize in the event of an emergency.

Somers said, "There will be instances where we need to get to places that we can't get to with the vehicles that we have, so their vehicles and their teams are trained to do that."

The service members are ready to move immediately.

Clayton said, "Depending on the frequency of calls in and when we're needed for assistance, we'll probably keep trucks running and ready to operate at all times."

Time will only tell how long these units will remain here. That all depends on the severity of the weather over the next 48 hours.

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