AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott has placed numerous resources on standby across Texas in anticipation of severe weather expected to hit Central Texas on Wednesday.
According to a release from Abbott's office, the Texas Division of Emergency Management will be rostering Texas A&M Forest Service Saw Crews, Texas Parks and Wildlife Water Rescue Boats, Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service Urban Search and Rescue and Swift Water Rescue Boat Squads, and a Texas Department of State Health Services Ambulance Strike Team.
"As severe weather approaches, the Lone Star State is taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of Texans," said Abbott. "I urge all Texans to heed the guidance of local officials and pay attention to weather alerts to keep themselves and their loved ones informed and safe."
The Texas State Operations Center remains activated at Level II in support of Texas' ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips:
- When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors
- Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water
- Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas - never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection
- Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground
- Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night
- Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information
State agencies involved in the response effort include TDEM, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Military Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service, Texas A&M Task Force One and State Mass Care Team.
TDEM has additional safety tips related to thunderstorms and flooding online.