Texas State Operations Center Activated as Severe Weather Impacts North Texas
The Texas State Operations Center activated remotely from San Antonio, where the 2012 Texas Emergency Management Conference is being held this week, and Gov. Rick Perry is urging all Texans to closely monitor conditions and reports, and heed all warnings from local officials as severe thunderstorm and tornado conditions are expected to continue through the early evening. He is closely monitoring the severe weather threat in North Texas and receiving regular updates from his staff and Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd.
"These devastating tornadoes show how quickly Mother Nature can strike in our state, and underscore the importance of heeding warnings and instructions from local officials, and always being prepared to act in cases of emergency. I urge everyone in affected areas to stay off the roads as much as possible, and allow emergency workers and first responders to do their jobs quickly and safely. I have been in close communication with Chief Kidd, and our state emergency response teams are activated and stand ready to assist local areas in need of support," Gov. Perry said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by the destructive tornadoes and storms that impacted the Dallas-Fort Worth area this afternoon."
Emergency management officials are closely following developments, including staff from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Task Force 1, Texas Forest Service, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Military Forces, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the National Weather Service, American Red Cross, and other members of the Texas Emergency Management Council.
Local officials from impacted areas are also at the convention center in San Antonio and in constant communication with local officials on the ground who are responding to this weather event. Currently, resources from neighboring communities are assisting the impacted areas under the Texas Mutual Aid System. At this time, no state resources have been requested by local officials, but the state stands ready to rapidly deploy resources if needed to assist.
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