Gov. Rick Perry is urging Texas residents to prepare their homes and families for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Don, which is moving through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Texas coast. The National Weather Service is currently predicting landfall along the central Texas coast late Friday night or early Saturday morning. As the storm moves inland across south central Texas over the weekend, there is a possibility of isolated tornadoes, strong winds and flash flooding.
"As Texas continues to monitor this storm and prepare for its impact on our coast, I urge residents living in areas within Tropical Storm Don's projected path to take the necessary measures to protect life and property, including paying close attention to threatening weather conditions and heeding warnings from their local leaders," Gov. Perry said. "The state will also continue to work with local officials and assist communities as needed while this storm makes its way through our state."
In preparation for the possible impact of Tropical Storm Don, the Texas Division of Emergency Management at the State Operations Center (SOC) is conducting regular conference calls with local and federal emergency management partners and the National Weather Service to ensure local communities have the resources they need to prepare for, respond to and recover from the storm. The SOC will also partially activate beginning Friday, July 29, at 12:00 p.m., with support from the following Emergency Management Council agencies: Texas Task Force 1; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Texas Military Forces; Texas Forest Service; Texas Department of Transportation; Texas Health and Human Services Commission; 2-1-1 (Texas Information Referral Network); Texas Department of State Health Services; State Mass Care Coordinator; Texas Department of Public Safety; Public Utility Commission. The SOC is prepared to increase its alert level as necessary if the storm increases in intensity.
Tropical Storm Don will be the first named storm to hit the Texas coast this hurricane season, which began June 1 and runs through November 1. As hurricane season continues, families are strongly encouraged to designate a place to go in case of evacuation, develop an emergency plan and compile a readiness kit of important supplies, including a battery-operated radio, flashlight, medication, non-perishable food items and water. Coastal Texans who will require transportation assistance during an evacuation are urged to call 2-1-1 as soon as possible and sign up with the Transportation Assistance Registry, which allows state and local officials to better coordinate transportation needs once a disaster occurs.
Please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/hurricane for updates on Tropical Storm Don and the 2011 hurricane season in Texas.
For more information on how Texans can prepare their homes and families for emergencies, please visit http://www.texasprepares.org/ and http://www.211texas.org/.