Gov. Abbott activates emergency response resources ahead of severe weather
AUSTIN, Texas - Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to activate state emergency response resources ahead of severe weather beginning Wednesday, April 26.
Gov. Abbott also directed TDEM to increase the readiness level of the State Operations Center (SOC) to Level II (Escalated Response) to support local officials needing assistance.
"We are ready to respond and provide all support needed to Texans in North, Central and East Texas as they prepare for severe storms expected to impact their communities today and tomorrow morning," Gov. Abbott said. "Texans are urged to remain weather-aware and heed the guidance of state and local officials and emergency response personnel to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property safe from these storms."
The following state emergency response resources have been activated to support response operations:
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 2): Urban Search and Rescue Teams, swiftwater boat squads
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Severe Weather Packages including ambulance buses and emergency medical service personnel.
The following state agencies have been requested by TDEM to report to the SOC:
- Texas Department of Transportation
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
- Texas A&M Forest Service
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Texas Animal Health Commission
- Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service
- Public Utility Commission of Texas
- Railroad Commission of Texas
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Texas Military Department
- Texas Department of Information Resources
- Texas Department of Insurance
- Texas Education Agency.
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Texans are urged to make an emergency plan, monitor local forecasts and heed the warnings of local and state officials.
Visit texasready.gov for more severe weather safety information.