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Texas Governor Abbott directs emergency authorities to prepare for Hurricane Beryl

SAN ANTONIO – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has directed 39 agencies of the Texas Emergency Management Council to begin response and recovery efforts as part of preparations for Hurricane Beryl, a news release said Wednesday.

Abbott said he is calling for round-the-clock staffing of the State Emergency Operations Center in case Hurricane Beryl hits the Texas Gulf Coast.

“Texas is prepared to provide all available resources and support to our coastal communities as Hurricane Beryl approaches the state,” Abbott said in the release. “Today, I directed TDEM to issue an alert to our emergency management agencies to ensure Texas is prepared and equipped for hurricane response and recovery efforts. As Texans along the southern coastal areas make vacation plans and visitors begin to travel for the holiday weekend, I urge them to take necessary safety precautions, keep an eye on the weather, and have an emergency plan in place for themselves and their families. State and local agencies will continue to work around the clock to monitor weather conditions across the state and help protect Texans.”

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The press release states that Texans are urged to stay informed, monitor local weather forecasts, follow instructions from local authorities and create an emergency plan.

In addition, visitors traveling to Texas beaches should review beach safety tips and be aware of the danger of rip currents during the approaching tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico, the release said.

Texans are encouraged to visit the TDEM Disaster Portal or the Texas Hurricane Center websites for storm information. For more information on storm safety and preparedness, visit TexasReady.gov and tdem.texas.gov/prepare.

The 39 participating agencies include:

  • Texas Department of Emergency Management

  • Texas A&M University System

  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service – Texas A&M Task Force 1

  • Texas A&M Forest Service

  • Texas Department of Military Affairs – Texas National Guard

  • Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

  • Texas Department of Transportation

  • Texas Public Utilities Commission

  • Texas Railroad CommissionTexas Commission on Environmental Quality

  • Texas Animal Health Commission

  • State Auditor

  • Texas Fire Protection Commission

  • Texas Department of Agriculture

  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice

  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

  • Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

  • Texas Department of Information Resources

  • Texas Department of Insurance

  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

  • Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Texas Department of Health

  • Texas Education Agency

  • Texas Facilities Commission

  • Texas General Land Office

  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission

  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas

  • Office of the Texas State Auditor

  • Texas Workers Commission

  • Texas State University System

  • Texas Tech University System

  • University of Houston System

  • University of North Texas System

  • University of Texas System

  • Volunteer organizations in Texas active in disaster situations

  • The Salvation Army

  • The American Red Cross

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