Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Activates State Resources in Advance of Severe Storms

Friday, May 25, 2007  •  Press Release

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today authorized the activation of search and rescue teams and equipment for deployment in advance of severe storms expected across Texas through Memorial Day weekend and into next week. Some areas in the projected path have recently received heavy rainfall from the severe weather system moving across the state. These threatening storms are expected to produce additional heavy rain in already saturated areas, posing the danger of flash flooding.

“We hope Texans will take all possible precautions during severe weather to stay out of dangerous situations,” Perry said. “However, in such unpredictable circumstances, we want to be sure we have resources readily available to assist in the event of emergencies.”

Perry activated a Texas Military Forces rescue and evacuation team consisting of 96 soldiers and 38 high profile vehicles to be deployed to the following areas: Waco, Austin and San Antonio. He also activated four Texas Army National Guard helicopters and 28 personnel which will be staged in Austin and San Antonio.

The governor has activated three helicopter rescue squads from Texas Task Force 1, which will stage with the Texas Military Forces helicopters in San Antonio and Austin. Additionally, TTF1 will support a 28-member swift water rescue team in San Antonio with equipment and personnel ready for rapid deployment.

Texas Task Force 1 is a 300-member force that is nationally recognized for its unique search and rescue capabilities. It was deployed to New York City following the terrorist attack on 9/11, to New Orleans following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, and most recently, the full Task Force was deployed to assist in search and rescue operations in Maverick County as a result of the tragic tornado that struck that area April 24.

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