Governor Abbott orders State Operations Center to remain 24-hours through Friday in response to flooding threats

Texas continues to experience severe weather

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to expand its daily operations to 24-hours a day through Friday in response to severe flooding threats across Texas. Severe storms are predicted to bring significant river flooding and flash flooding in the Coastal Bend as well as North, East and South Central Texas through the end of the week.

“As severe weather continues to threaten communities across the state, Texans need to stay vigilant against significant flash flooding that is expected to accompany these storms,” said Governor Abbott. “We are deploying a variety of resources to assist communities in the path of these severe weather events, and I continue to urge Texans to remain cautious and preparing ahead of time for flash flooding. ”

State agencies responding to this severe weather event include:

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One and Task Force Two)
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Texas Department of Transportation
Texas Military Department
Texas A&M Forest Service
Department of State Health Services
Texas Railroad Commission
Texas Public Utility Commission
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
State Mass Care

Texans who experience damages from this weather event should report those damages to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) through the iSTAT Tool found at damage.tdem.texas.gov. Through this tool, the state can identify damages across Texas and help emergency management officials understand whether we have met the requirements for requesting federal disaster assistance.

On Monday, May 17, Governor Abbott activated several resources to assist local communities as they respond to this weather. In response to the Governor’s direction, TDEM activated the follow resources:

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two): Swift Water Boat Squads and High Profile Vehicles
Texas Military Department: Ground Transportation Platoons
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Texas Game Warden Boat Teams and a helicopter with hoist capability
Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with hoist capability

Additionally, TDEM rostered the following resources in preparation for any requests for assistance from local officials:

Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two): Urban Search and Rescue Packages
Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Severe Weather Packages
Texas Department of Transportation: High profile vehicles
Public Utility Commission of Texas: Power outage monitoring/coordination with utility providers in the threat areas

Texans are urged to follow these flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather events:

Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information here: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home
Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to build a kit, visit: https://www.ready.gov/kit
Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect so the time to buy is well before a disaster. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
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.