AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today held a briefing and press conference at the State Operations Center on hurricane preparedness and a tropical system development in the Gulf of Mexico that could impact Texas.
The Governor urged all Texans to take steps toward preparedness as hurricane season continues, and to remain alert of any severe weather that may approach their communities.
“We are working collaboratively with state and local agencies to anticipate any severe weather threats and ensure that our communities have the resources they need to prepare,” said Governor Abbott. “I ask that all Texans stay alert to the developments of severe weather and heed all warnings from local and state officials as this storm approaches.”
The Texas Division of Emergency Management is currently monitoring a tropical system developing in the northeast portion of the Gulf of Mexico that poses an increased threat of rainfall and severe weather.
This system has the potential to impact parts of the state over the next several days, including areas of east Texas and along the coast. State resources stand at the ready to provide assistance to Texans affected by this weather event.
Texans can visit https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane to learn more about the steps they can take now to prepare for hurricane season:
- Put together an emergency supply kit
- Create a communication plan with your family
- Know where to go
- Register for STEAR
- Buy flood insurance
- Prepare your home
- Stay alert
Texans are also encouraged to follow these safety tips related to thunderstorms and flooding:
- When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
- Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
- 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.
- Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
- Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
- Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.
For additional safety tips, read more: http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm.