Governor Abbott Increases Readiness Level Of State Operations Center Ahead Of Severe Weather, River Flooding Threats

May 1, 2024 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to increase the readiness level of the Texas State Emergency Operations Center to Level II (Escalated Response) as the state prepares ahead of severe weather and flooding threats over the next several days.
“Texas stands ready to quickly deploy all available resources necessary to help communities across Texas as severe weather and flooding impacts our state,” said Governor Abbott. “I directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to increase the readiness level of the State Operation Center to ensure a swift response as we continue to mobilize state emergency response resources Texans need to stay safe. Texans are urged to remain weather-aware, check before traveling, and heed the guidance of state and local officials. I thank our brave emergency personnel and first responders for working tirelessly to protect communities across our great state. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
According to the National Weather Service, moderate-to-major river flooding is expected across the eastern half of the state through the next couple of weeks. Additionally, severe weather and excessive rainfall that could lead to flash flooding is expected across Texas through the weekend. Risks also include flooding, large hail, damaging winds, and possible tornadoes.
At the Governor’s direction, TDEM requested the following agencies report to the Texas State Emergency Operations Center and ensure their resources are ready to deploy as needed:

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas Animal Health Commission
  • Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas National Guard
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Texas Department of Information Resources
  • Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
  • American Red Cross
  • Salvation Army

Texans are urged to take steps to plan and prepare for severe weather and flooding by creating an emergency plan, keeping an emergency supply kit nearby, and following instructions from local officials and first responders. Texans can access weather safety information at, check road conditions at, obtain flood tracking information at, and find preparedness tips at
Governor Abbott continues to take action to provide all available resources to help support local communities from the impacts of severe weather, including:

  • Readying state emergency response resources ahead of wildfire and severe weather threats last week
  • Issuing a disaster declaration yesterday for counties affected by recent storms
  • Deploying additional state emergency response resources in anticipation of severe weather and flooding this week