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10 Ways Aggies Stepped Up During Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017

1. An Aggie Showed The World The Meaning Of Selfless Service

Texas A&M University-Galveston student Austin Seth helped rescue a family and their pets from their flooded home in Dickinson while escorting a CNN television crew on his boat. Seth was recognized as a Good Samaritan by media outlets like the Washington Post, Huffington Post and Upworthy among many others.

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2. The College Station Campus Housed Aggies From Galveston

The Texas A&M College Station campus housed 71 Aggies and one dog named Crash from the Galveston campus at Park West Apartments Friday before Hurricane Harvey reached the coast. The students were accompanied by Galveston campus CEO Col. Mike Fossum and received a visit from Reveille IX.

3. Aggie Brothers Helped Rescue 14 Flood Victims

Texas A&M students Blake and Brodie Smith assisted their father in rescuing stranded flood victims by boat, catching the attention of the Los Angeles Times.

4. The Corps Of Cadets Provided Shelter For Patrol Horses

Houston mounted patrol horses were taken to Texas A&M ahead of Hurricane Harvey, where they were cared for by the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and the Parsons Mounted Cavalry.

A road sign warns travelers of the the approaching Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hurricane Harvey has intensified into a hurricane and is aiming for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain and 125 mph winds. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

5. An Expert Informed The World About Hurricane Harvey

Texas A&M professor and Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon lent his expertise in forecasting to numerous national media outlets, including an op-ed for Fortune, where he outlined how climate change made the storm and flooding more severe.

6. Texas A&M’s ‘VET’ Cared For And Rescued Pets

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team traveled to Port Aransas to provide medical care to rescued pets, marking their seventh major deployment to a disaster area since 2010. “As responders are out, and conducting their search and rescue, they often find animals that have been separated from their owners so they bring them to us so we can treat them and see if they have a chip or some sort of identification,” Public Information Officer Angela Clendenin told KAGS*.

Texas Task Force 1 after Hurricane Harvey
(Texas Task Force 1/Facebook)

7. Texas Task Force 1 Continued Its Long History Of Service

Texas Task Force 1 and its state and federal partners were on site in Houston and Harris County to assist in evacuation and relief efforts. TX-TF1, sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, has more than 20 years of experience responding to disasters, including rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of 9/11.

8. CVM Took Care Of Animals In Bryan-College Station

After the College Station Fire Department rescued two horses from flood waters in town, the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM) provided medical care.

(Texas A&M AgriLife/Blair Fannin)

9. Aggie Economists Evaluated The Economic Impact Of Harvey For Ranchers

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension economists helped Texas ranchers evaluate the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey on their herds after the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 1.2 million beef cows were affected by the storm.

(Sam Brody/MSNBC)
(Sam Brody/MSNBC)

10. A Researcher Helped National Audiences Better Understand Flood Impact

Texas A&M-Galveston researcher Sam Brody played a role in helping the world understand the potential for devastating floods in Houston in a 2016 Texas Tribune-Pro Publica piece and a nationally televised MSNBC interview during flooding.


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