AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as severe weather such as flooding, and winter weather, including snow and ice, are expected to impact parts of the state over the next few days. The SOC increased its readiness level from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) at 8 a.m. this morning, and Governor Abbott has made state resources available to assist local officials in their response efforts.
“As severe weather approaches, it is imperative that Texans heed all warnings from first responders and local officials,” said Governor Abbott in a press release. “I encourage all Texans to stay alert to potentially hazardous road conditions and changing weather patterns. Texas is prepared to respond and offer the necessary assistance to local communities as they deal with the impact of this storm.”
State and partner agencies engaged in this effort include:
• Texas Department of Public Safety
• Texas Department of Transportation
• Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service - TX-TF 1
• Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
• Texas A&M Forest Service
• Texas Military Department
• Texas Department of State Health Services
• Public Utility Commission of Texas
• State Mass Care
For safety tips related to thunderstorms and flooding, visit http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm
For safety tips regarding winter weather preparedness, visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/winterstorm.htm
As a reminder, during the winter season, residents can contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline, to check on possible community-established warming centers or related services in their area. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources.