Governor Abbott increases readiness for flood response

The increase will support state response to flooding impacting communities across Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – On Monday, Aug. 22, Governor Greg Abbott directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to increase the readiness level of the Texas State Emergency Operations Center (SOC) to Level II (Escalated Response). This increase will support the state’s response to flooding impacting communities across Texas.

Governor Abbott released the following statement

“The State of Texas remains proactive in our emergency response efforts, and we continue to monitor rainfall and flooding conditions across the state,” said Governor Abbott. “I want to thank emergency response personnel and first responders for working around the clock to protect lives and property amid these storms. As we work together to protect our communities, I urge Texans to heed the guidance of their local officials and avoid dangerous roadways that could be affected by heavy rain and flash flooding in the days ahead.”

Governor Abbott also directed TDEM to activate five additional Texas A&M Task Force 1 swiftwater boat squads and a floodwater boat squad to support local response efforts.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, Governor Abbott led a statewide weather call with local response officials. He ordered the following resources staged across the state:

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX): six Texas A&M Task Force 1 (TXTF1) swiftwater boat squads
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD): two search & rescue boat teams
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS): Tactical Marine Unit; three helicopters with hoist capabilities
  • Texas National Guard: three helicopters and three ground transportation companies totaling more than 60 vehicles and more than 150 personnel
  • Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TX-EMTF): two severe weather packages including ambulances, ambulance buses, and emergency medical service personnel

State officials encourage Texans to report damage to homes and businesses using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage survey. The information provided in the survey will aid emergency management officials to gain an understanding of damages that have occurred. It will also help officials determine if the state meets federal requirements for various forms of disaster assistance, as well as identify any immediate resource needs.

You can find more flood safety tips by visiting ready.gov/floods.

The Office of the Texas Governor provided the above information.