Governor Greg Abbott Puts Resources On Standby For Severe Weather

Gov. Greg Abbott
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AUSTIN (KRLD 1080)- Governor Greg Abbott is tweeting he has a number of resources on standby in the event of severe weather today.

He says it's in the event search and rescue operations are needed. He ordered the Texas State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level to a Level III. 

Governor Abbott deployed Texas Task Force 2, an urban search and rescue team, to Wichita Falls.

From there, it can go to the Texas Panhandle which is facing the greatest threat for severe weather.

Governor Abbott says state agencies involved in the emergency response effort include the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Task Force 2, Texas A&M Texas Task Force 1, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Texas Military Department.

The following resources are on standby: 19 Water Rescue Boats and Crews, 2 Helicopters with Hoisting Capability, 30 High Profile Vehicles, 8 Ambulance Buses, 1 Ambulance Strike Teams, 1 Type One Mobile Medical Unit, 8 Medical Incident Support Teams and 1 Task Force Leader.

Governor Abbott says 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. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
  • 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 on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.