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Gov. Abbott prepares emergency personnel as severe weather targets Texas

Severe weather is expected throughout the state this week.

AUSTIN, Texas — Governor Greg Abbott put boats, helicopters and personnel on standby across Texas on Tuesday in case search and rescue operations are needed if severe weather hits the state this week. 

The following resources are on standby: 

  • 19 Water rescue boats and crews
  • 2 helicopters with hoisting capability
  • 30 high profile vehicles
  • 8 ambulance buses
  • 1 ambulance strike team
  • 1 type one mobile medical unit
  • 8 medical incident support teams
  • 1 Task Force Leader

The governor also ordered the Texas State Operations Center to raise its readiness level to level III, or increased readiness, for this weather event.  

“As Texas prepares for another round of severe weather, including the potential for tornadoes and dangerous flooding, multiple state resources have been pre-positioned for rapid deployment, should local officials need assistance with search and rescue operations,” said Gov. Abbott. “We are asking Texans to stay alert during this dangerous storm system and heed all warnings from local officials.” 

Abbott deployed Texas Task Force 2 to Wichita Falls, since the Texas Panhandle is facing a large threat for tornadoes, dangerous winds and damaging hail through the late evening hours Tuesday. 

The following state agencies are ready for emergency response: 

  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Task Force 2
  • Texas A&M Texas Task Force 1
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Forest Service 
  • Texas Military Department

Weather stories on KCENTV.com: 

Be Storm Ready | What to do before, during, after a storm

Understanding severe weather: What's a Marginal Risk, what's a Slight Risk?

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