After several tornadoes impacted the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the Fourth District yesterday afternoon and early evening, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) released the following statement:
"As communities assess damage from the tornadoes and severe weather which hit our area yesterday, I am thankful that there are no reported deaths at this time. My heartfelt sympathies go out to all those affected. Staff in my district offices have reached out to County officials, and my D.C. office staff have reached out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We remain ready to provide assistance as needed.
"This was a very dangerous storm that could have been far more destructive, and the importance of advanced warnings from the National Weather Service cannot be stressed enough. Sirens and timely weather reports on television and radio are essential to alerting folks on the need to take shelter.
"The Science, Space, and Technology Committee, on which I serve as Chairman, has held hearings on this topic. Our Committee will continue to examine how best to improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prioritization and enable the National Weather Service to strengthen severe storm forecasting. That is needed to protect lives and property and react according to the loss involved. "
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises those impacted to take the following steps:
1. Report any damage to their insurance company
2. Inform local emergency managers
3. Call 211, a toll free 24/7 hotline run by the State of Texas that assists with shelters, food, etc.
To reach the Rockwall office, call 972-771-9118. A complete list of 4th District Office numbers can be found at http://ralphhall.house.gov/.