Governor Abbott Readies Resources in Response to Weather Threat

AUSTIN (WBAP/KLIF) – Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to place state response and recovery resources on standby due to the potential threat of severe storms, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding from a cold front interacting with moisture from Hurricane Pamela. The storms are forecast to move across Texas through the end of this week. 

“The State of Texas is prepared to respond to the severe weather that is anticipated to hit our state this week, and Texans can do their part by heeding the guidance of their local officials, preparing for heavy rainfall and flash flooding, and exercising caution as these storms move across the Lone Star State,” said Governor Abbott. “We are working closely with communities in the path of these storms to ensure they have the resources they need to respond.” 

According to the Governor, the following resources have been activated:  

  • 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 Parks and Wildlife Department: Boat Teams to support water rescue operations.

Additionally, TDEM has rostered the following resources for activation if necessary:

  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Teams.
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with hoist capability.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services: Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) severe weather packages.
  • Texas Department of Transportation: Monitoring of road conditions, and equipment to support emergency debris removal from major roads.
  • Public Utility Commission: Power outage monitoring and coordination with utility providers as needed.

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