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Gov. Abbott prepares response teams and resources for incoming cold front, Hurricane Pamela

Posted at 5:25 PM, Oct 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-12 18:25:53-04

Gov. Abbott directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to have response and recovery resources ready for the potential storms moving in this week.

The potential threat is a product of a cold front that will be coupled with moisture from Hurricane Pamela. The weather is expected to bring in severe storms, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding across the state beginning Tuesday night.

"The State of Texas is prepared to respond to the severe weather that is anticipated to hit our state this week, and Texans can do their part by heeding the guidance of their local officials, preparing for heavy rainfall and flash flooding, and exercising caution as these storms move across the Lone Star State," said Governor Abbott. "We are working closely with communities in the path of these storms to ensure they have the resources they need to respond."

The Governor has activated boat squads and boat teams for potential water rescue operations, provided by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Power outage monitoring and coordination with utility providers, along with other response initiatives, are being rostered for activation if necessary, according to the announcement from the Governor's office.

Texas residents are asked to prepare accordingly, the Governor's office provides the following tips for the incoming weather:

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information here.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to build a kit, visit for more information here.
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.