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Gov. Abbott directed the TDEM to increase the readiness level of the Texas State Emergency Operations Center to Level II in support of the state’s response to flooding impacting communities across Texas



Plano, TX – According to the state officials, TDEM also activated five additional Texas A&M Task Force 1 swiftwater boat squads and a floodwater boat squad to support local response efforts.

On Saturday, Governor Abbott led a statewide weather call with local response officials and ordered the following resources staged across the state:

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX): six Texas A&M Task Force 1 (TXTF1) swiftwater boat squads
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD): two search & rescue boat teams
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS): Tactical Marine Unit; three helicopters with hoist capabilities
  • Texas National Guard: three helicopters and three ground transportation companies totaling more than 60 vehicles and more than 150 personnel
  • Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TX-EMTF): two severe weather packages including ambulances, ambulance buses, and emergency medical service personnel

Texans are encouraged to report damage to homes and businesses using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage survey at

The information provided in the survey aids emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that have occurred and help officials determine if the state meets federal requirements for various forms of disaster assistance, as well as identify any immediate resource needs.