Governor Abbott Holds Briefing On Tropical Storm Nicholas, Issues Disaster Declaration For 17 Counties

September 13, 2021 | Austin, Texas
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Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott at the moment held a briefing on the Alternate State Operations Center in Austin the place he offered an replace on the state’s response to Tropical Storm Nicholas. This storm is anticipated to carry vital rainfall and flooding to your entire Gulf Coast because it strikes slowly throughout the state. 

The Governor additionally issued a state disaster declaration in response to Tropical Storm Nicholas for 17 counties. Counties included within the state disaster declaration are Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria. The State will add extra counties as wants are recognized.

“Texans throughout the Gulf Coast should prepare now for the impact of Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is expected to bring severe rain and flooding to these communities,” mentioned Governor Abbott. “The State of Texas is working closely with officials on the ground to provide the resources and support needed to keep our communities safe, but it is up to all Texans in the path of this storm to take precautions, heed the guidance of officials, and remain vigilant as this severe weather moves through Texas.” 

Yesterday, the Governor ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to increase its readiness to Level II (Escalated Response) starting this morning at 9:00 AM central. On Saturday, Governor Abbott readied resources to help native communities impacted by this storm. The following assets are activated:

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One): 6 Swift Water Rescue Boat Squads and eight Overhead Packages.

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Game Warden Boat Teams.

  • Texas Military Department: 5 Ground Transportation Platoons With High Profile Vehicles.

  • Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) Severe Weather Packages.

The following actions and assets have been rostered for potential activation if wanted:

  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Teams.

  • Texas Department of Transportation: Monitoring Road Conditions And Prepositioned Water-Filled Barriers.

  • Texas Department of Public Safety: Texas Highway Patrol Search And Rescue Aircraft and The Tactical Marine Unit.

  • Public Utility Commission: Power Outage Monitoring And Coordination With Utility Providers.

Texans are urged to comply with these flood preparedness and security tips throughout extreme climate occasions:

  • Know forms of flood danger in your space. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for info right here: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home

  • Sign up in your neighborhood’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio additionally present emergency alerts.

  • Build an emergency provide package. For extra info on methods to construct a package, go to: https://www.ready.gov/kit

  • Keep vital paperwork in a water-proof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

  • Protect your property. Move valuables to larger ranges. Declutter drains and gutters. Install verify valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

  • Be extraordinarily cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or different areas – by no means try to cross flowing streams or drive throughout flooded roadways and all the time observe street barricades positioned in your safety. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.

For extra flood security tips, go to gov.texas.gov/hurricane.
 
Texans also can go to www.TexasFlood.org for assets and tips on methods to keep secure throughout flood occasions.

Emergency preparation and restoration assets for small companies and native financial improvement organizations will be discovered listed at gov.texas.gov/enterprise/web page/prepare-recover.

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