Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference this morning to discuss the development of the tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico and hurricane preparedness.
The governor acknowledged that the tropical disturbance could evolve into a hurricane in the coming days. Referencing Hurricane Harvey, Abbott said if there was anything we learned, it's the importance of being prepared.
While the tropical depression is likely to evolve into a category 1 hurricane if it does develop into a hurricane, it is possible that "large swaths of east Texas, ranging from the Houston area to the border of Louisiana" would be impacted.
Governor Abbott explained that at a minimum, it is probable that the tropical depression will be a heavy rain event and potentially flood event for various locations.
In an effort to be prepared for whatever may happen with the tropical depression, Governor Abbott outlined the following strategies in place:
- Elevated the State Emergency Response Center with all of the tools, resources, and personnel in place to respond to what could be a storm
- Activated Texas Task Force 1; the organization is on standby and prepared with high profile cars and four boats
- Texas A&M Forest Service has response teams in place
- Texas DPS has almost 700 officers on standby to be deployed when and where they are needed
- Texas Military has two ground and search rescue platoons ready to go if needed
- Texas Parks & Wildlife has four search and rescue boats and the Level 3 Strike Team on standby
- Texas Department of Transportation has 150 personnel on standby
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will continue monitoring environmental concerns
The governor also provided resources that Texans can utilize at this time:
- For roads, update, closures, etc: drivetexas.org
- For human services: check txready.org or call 2-1-1
Additionally, Abbott highlighted one of the biggest lessons learned as a result of Hurricane Harvey and that is the importance of getting flood insurance.