Governor Greg Abbott today reminded Texans to enact preparedness measures for hurricane season after a briefing at the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s (TDEM) Texas State Emergency Operations Center (SOC) on the current tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico.
Some coastal and inland communities may experience heavy rain and flash flooding through the end of the week. Localized power outages are possible during heavy rain and potential winds. In the event of localized power outages, Texans can visit the Texas Public Utilities Commission’s Storm Resources page to find contact information for individual utility companies.
During the briefing, Governor and TDEM Chief Nim Kidd discussed the current tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane schedule of the state emergency management plan, and coordination of state response resources available through the Texas Emergency Management Council.
“While this week’s tropical activity does not pose major threats to our coastal communities, this is an important reminder to Texans to remain vigilant and take important precautions this hurricane season,” he said. said Governor Abbott. “The State of Texas is taking proactive steps to ensure we are prepared to respond to any severe weather that may occur. I urge Texans to remain alert to weather conditions and follow the advice of their local officials before, during and after severe weather events such as hurricanes. When we prepare for disasters together, we protect ourselves and our loved ones.”
The following state resources are pre-positioned in anticipation of tropical system impacts on Texas:
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with lifting capabilities, boats, and Tactical Marine Unit personnel
- Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife: helicopter and rescue boat teams
- Texas National Guard: ground transportation company, search and rescue aircraft
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M Task Force 1: Four Swiftwater Rescue Boat Teams
Additionally, three extreme weather packages from the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force and an incident management team from the Texas A&M Forest Service have been queued for activation if needed.
Following the start of the Atlantic hurricane season earlier this month, TDEM conducted a multi-day hurricane exercise with more than 30 Texas Emergency Management Council agencies and partner organizations to bolster preparedness efforts. , response, recovery and mitigation of the state.
Texans can access the Texas Hurricane Center by visiting gov.texas.gov/hurricane to learn more about steps to take now to prepare for hurricane season, including:
Anyone living in Texas and people with relatives in the state are encouraged to download the Texas Disaster Portal mobile app. This app provides direct access during active disasters to information about state resources available to individuals and families, as well as local officials and emergency managers, provided by members of the Texas Emergency Management Council. The Texas Disaster Portal app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
For additional safety tips and resource information, Texans can visit tdem.texas.gov/individuals-family and ready.gov