Governor Abbott Mobilizes State Resources as Storms and Flash Floods Threaten Texas | Oficina del Gobernador de Texas

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May 24, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott today directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to mobilize state resources in anticipation of severe weather and flash flooding that is expected to affect parts of Texas starting today today until Wednesday. Threats from severe storms moving through the state are expected to bring large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and the potential for tornadoes. Additionally, the state continues to support firefighting efforts in response to wildfires across Texas.

“The State of Texas stands ready to provide robust assistance and rescue efforts to those affected by the severe weather in the coming days,” Governor Abbott said. “It’s important that Texans be prepared for inclement weather and stay alert through their community alert system to protect their property and keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”

The following public assets have been mobilized for activation in the event of severe weather events:

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service – Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two: Boat Squads to support water rescue operations
  • Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife: boat crews to support water rescue operations
  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Crews
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with lift capability
  • Texas Department of State Health Services: Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) Extreme Weather Packages
  • Texas Department of Transportation: Road condition monitoring and equipment to support emergency debris removal from major highways
  • Public Utilities Commission: monitoring power outages and coordinating with utility providers as needed

The State of Texas Emergency Operations Center (SOC) is activated for Tier II escalated severe weather response.

Texans are encouraged to follow these flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather:

  • Know the types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for more information.
  • Sign up for your community’s alert system. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to build a kit, visit: https://www.ready.gov/kit.
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowners policies do not cover flooding. It usually takes up to 30 days for a policy to take effect, so the time to buy is well before disaster strikes. Get flood coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels.
  • Unclutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
  • Be extremely careful of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas. Never attempt to cross waterways or cross flooded roads and always observe barricades placed for your protection. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

For more flood safety tips, visit ready.gov.

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