Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Activates Emergency Resources to Prepare for Expected Severe Weather

Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, instructed the Texas Division of Disaster Management to prepare state emergency response resources prior to the storm rolling over portions of Texas Wednesday through Thursday evening.

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Urban Search and Rescue Teams have been activated by TDEM

  • Saw crews and incident management teams are provided by Texas A&M Forest Service.
  • Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Severe Weather Packages, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Road conditions are being monitored by the Texas Department of Transportation
  • Tactical Marine Unit; Search and Rescue Aircraft with Hoist Capability from the Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas Highway Patrol)
  • High-profile vehicle platoons in the Texas National Guard
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife in Texas: boat crews and game wardens
  • Monitoring power outages and cooperating with utility companies in the hazard area: Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Monitoring of air, water, and wastewater by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Agents for Disaster Assessment and Recovery at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  • Engineering Extension Service at Texas A&M: Public Works Response Team at Texas A&M
  • Disaster Recovery Task Force and state mass care coordination, Texas Division of Emergency Management

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In a press release, TDEM stated that the Texas Emergency Management Council members should be ready to assist with response and recovery efforts across the state. The Governor’s office advised Texans to prepare for severe weather by keeping an eye on local weather predictions, creating an emergency plan, and paying attention to official warnings.

Texas Task Forces 1 and 2 have been activated as part of Gov. Abbott’s directive to The Texas Division of Disaster Management to ready state emergency resources. There are further organizations prepared, such as the Texas Department of Transportation. On Thursday, a call with regional emergency management organizations will be hosted by the state.

First responders claim that their goal is to only prepare North Texans, not to scare them. The rest of the week should be gorgeous after the storms on Thursday. After hitting the 50s on Friday, highs will increase over the remainder of the weekend.

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