AUSTIN (KXAN) – State emergency response resources activated ahead of severe storms and potential flash flooding expected to move across Texas Friday.

Severe storms are expected to move through the state with damaging winds, strong tornadoes, large hail and flash-flood potential.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered the activation of state resources to help local officials respond to severe weather and flash flooding threats. On Friday, he asked the Texas Division of Emergency Management to increase the readiness level of the Texas State Emergency Operations Center to a Level Two (Escalated Response).

“State and local emergency response partners are monitoring weather conditions and are on standby to swiftly provide all necessary resources to protect our communities,” Abbott wrote when he directed TDEM to prepare to respond. “Texans are urged to remain weather-aware and follow instructions from emergency responders and local officials to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”

TDEM has activated the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Boat Squads and Urban Search and Rescue Packages, and it has several resources on standby to respond if the conditions require it.

The standby resources are:

  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Teams
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Boat Teams to support water rescue operations
  • Texas National Guard: Transportation platoons and helicopters with hoist capability
  • Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Severe Weather Packages
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas Highway Patrol): Helicopters with hoist capability
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas: Power outage monitoring/coordination with utility providers in the threat area.
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: Personnel to monitor drinking water, wastewater and air quality
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service: Disaster Assessment and Recovery Agents
    State Mass Care Coordination
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Texans were urged to follow flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather events.

Once storms have passed and only when it is safe to do so, Texans are encouraged to report any damage to homes and businesses using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage survey at damage.tdem.texas.gov.