Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Activates State Resources as Precautionary Measure as Winter Storm Threatens Texas Communities

Monday, December 28, 2009  •  Press Release

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has directed the activation of state resources, including Texas Military Forces personnel and high profile vehicles, as a precautionary measure as a severe winter storm threatens many Texas communities. These resources will be used to provide assistance to motorists and others in the coming days.
“Another severe winter storm is bearing down on Texas communities and will create dangerous driving conditions as travelers make their way to and from holiday celebrations. I urge Texans in the projected path of this storm to remain cautious, pay attention to changing weather conditions and heed warnings from your local officials,” Gov. Perry said. “We will continue to closely monitor this storm to ensure state resources can quickly assist the impacted communities, and I appreciate the brave men and women who are always ready to respond to events that place Texans in harm’s way.”
The National Weather Service is predicting a severe winter storm system will affect Texas communities, stretching from El Paso to Dallas/Fort Worth, starting late today and extending over the next few days. Local law enforcement, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Military Forces will assist motorists and perform any necessary rescues. Aviation assets are on standby should they be needed to assist with surveillance and potential rescues.

The following state resources responding include:

·Four teams of 17 Texas Military Forces personnel and 5 high profile vehicles have been activated and prepositioned; one team each in Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock and Wichita Falls.
·All TxDOT district offices in the affected area stand at a high level of readiness and are prepared to provide assistance as needed to motorists and to clear snow from the roadways.
·The DPS Disaster Districts in Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock and Wichita Falls are prepared to fully activate and support their districts, and all DPS troopers in the impacted and surrounding area are prepared to provide assistance to motorists and others.

The State Operations Center is fully activated and working with the National Weather Service to closely monitor this severe weather event.

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