Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Activates State Operations Center

Tuesday, May 21, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today ordered a Level II Activation of the State Operations Center (SOC) as another line of severe thunderstorms makes its way across North and Central Texas this afternoon.

"The most important thing Texans in the path of these storms should do is remain aware of their surroundings, heed the warnings of local officials and be prepared to shelter in place if necessary," Gov. Perry said.

Level II indicates a partial activation of the full Emergency Management Council. The following entities have been called to the SOC:


• Texas Military Forces
• Texas Parks & Wildlife
• Texas Department of Transportation
• Communication Coordination Group
• Dept. of State Health Services
• Mass Care
• American Red Cross
• Salvation Army
• Texas Comptroller's Office (TPASS)
• Texas Dept. of Public Safety
• Texas Task Force - 1
• TCEQ
• Texas Forest Service
• Texas Animal Health Commission
• Public Utility Commission (w/ ERCOT)
• 2-1-1
• Health and Human Service Comm.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a line of super cell storms developing over the area between the Red River and the Hill Country early this afternoon, and sweeping east across the state over the next 12 hours. These storms have to potential to create heavy rain, large hail and damaging winds, including tornadic activity.

Tornadoes can strike instantly and without much warning. The governor encourages everyone to remain aware of their surroundings, heed warnings from local officials, and be prepared to shelter in place if necessary. Below are some basic tornado safety tips that will help you find the most ideal location to shelter during a storm:

• Retreat to the lowest possible level of a building or structure, such as the first floor, basement or storm cellar
• Find an interior room with no windows, such as a closet or bathroom
• Get underneath sturdy piece of furniture and cover neck and head
• Avoid areas with wide-span roofs, such as cafeterias, gymnasiums and shopping malls
• Mobile homes are not safe shelters; you should make plans before the storm arrives to get to a pre-planned shelter
• Apartment dwellers should have a plan in place to get to an apartment on the lowest level of the complex. Contact your leasing office.
• Do not attempt to outrun a tornado in your automobile, seek shelter inside a nearby building.
• If stranded outside, lie down in a ditch or low lying area away from the vehicle, but remain aware of possible flash flooding
• Do not seek shelter underneath a bridge or overpass

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