AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott today activated the state’s emergency response resources in anticipation of severe weather and the threat of flash flooding that is expected to affect parts of Texas today and overnight. The National Weather Service forecasts a low to increased risk of severe storms in the eastern half of the state, with major threats including damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy hail and heavy rains that could cause flash floods.
“The State of Texas is actively working to protect Texans and their property from severe weather threats that could affect our state’s east side this morning and early this morning,” Governor Abbott said. “As we monitor conditions and potential threats, I urge Texans in affected areas to heed local government guidance and monitor the weather as severe weather develops. We will quickly provide all the necessary resources to combat severe weather and protect our communities.”
At the direction of the Governor, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) deployed the following resources to support severe weather response operations statewide:
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service: Texas Task Force Two – Urban Search and Rescue Team
TDEM has reached out to the following government agencies to identify resources to put on standby for deployment if needed:
- Texas A&M Forest Service: Sawmill crews and incident response teams
- Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service: Disaster Assessment and Recovery Agents
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Boat crews to support water rescue operations and lift helicopters.
- Texas Department of Transportation: Large Vehicles
- Texas National Guard: transport platoons and lift-capable helicopters.
- Texas Department of Health: Texas Severe Weather Emergency Medical Packages
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Texas Highway Patrol helicopters with lift capability
- Texas Public Utilities Commission: Monitor/Coordinate Power Outages with Utility Providers in Threat Area
- Texas Environmental Quality Commission: personnel to monitor drinking water, wastewater, and air quality.
- TDEM: Mass Relief Coordination
Texans are encouraged to visit texasready.gov for details, planning, and creating an emergency kit.