Harvey Crisis: How State Laws Will Protect Servicemembers

5 minute read | August.29.2017

As Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and southeastern Texas this past weekend, thousands of first responders were called to action to provide critical assistance to communities along the Gulf Coast. Even as this storm continues to affect those along the water and move inland, rescue operations, flood prevention and humanitarian assistance are ongoing and will undoubtedly continue for a long time.

During natural disasters, governors often activate members of the National Guard to assist in rescue and recovery efforts, and this crisis is no different. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has activated the entire Texas National Guard, and several of his fellow governors — as of the time this article was drafted, the governors of Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York and Oklahoma — have deployed members of their states’ National Guards to assist communities affected by the storm.

Originally published in Law360; reprinted with permission.