Skip Navigation Links
Front Page
About GNSExpand About GNS
CommunitiesExpand Communities
EducationExpand Education
Links Directory
Medicine & Science
Opinion/ForumExpand Opinion/Forum
Public Safety

State of Texas
Texas Governor's Office
News Release
Monday, April 10, 2017

Governor Abbott Increases Readiness Of State Operations Center As Severe Weather Is Set To Impact Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today elevated the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to Level 3 (Increased Readiness) activation as heavy rain and potential flash flooding is set to impact various parts of Texas. State resources are on standby and ready to be deployed to assist local officials as requested. The Governor encouraged residents to heed warnings from local officials, avoid areas that are flooding and be cautious of water on roadways.

“As severe weather is set to impact Texas, state resources will stand ready to assist local officials throughout the state,” said Governor Abbott. “I strongly urge all Texans to heed warnings from local officials and avoid areas with standing or rushing water.”

Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.

  • If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a home, large building or automobile. Do not take shelter in sheds, pavilions, tents, dugouts, or other small, open sided buildings.

  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.

  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways, turn around, don’t drown.

  • Remember that dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.

  • Monitor weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather.

  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night

For additional safety tips related to tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding, see:

Remembering Jim Guidry

Guidry News Service is headquartered in Midtown Houston.
at 4001 Fannin Street, Suite 4109, Houston, TX. 77004-4077
(409) 763 NEWS(6397)
© 1996, Guidry News Service. Duplication of any part of this website in any manner is prohibited.