Governor Abbott approves activation of Texas A&M Task Force 1

In response to deadly tornadoes in Western Kentucky

AUSTIN, Texas – On Saturday, Dec. 11, Governor Greg Abbott approved the activation of 10 Texas A&M Task Force 1 personnel, at the request of FEMA. The personnel will deploy the Central Incident Support Team cache, which is part of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue System. The deployment is in response to the devastating tornadoes that occurred in Western Kentucky overnight. This cache of equipment will provide specialized technical gear and command, control and communication equipment to members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams. These teams will deploy from around the nation to help those in. need.

“The State of Texas stands ready to assist our friends in Kentucky as they continue their response and recovery efforts in the wake of deadly tornadoes that shook the western portion of their state overnight,” said Governor Abbott. “Thank you to the members of Texas A&M Task Force 1 who are making their way to Western Kentucky to help those in need. I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for those affected by these horrific tornadoes.”