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Texas Governor deploys resources to Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jul 12, 2019

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is deploying resources to Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry making landfall.

The state of Texas is sending Texas Task Force 1’s Type III Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team along with with additional water rescue assets to assist in response efforts.

Governor Abbott says the State Operations Center will remain at its elevated level III (increased readiness) activation. State resources are also ready to respond to any severe weather that may occur in Texas as a result of Tropical Storm Barry or any other event.

In a statement, Governor Abbot said the state is continuing to monitor the storm.

“Texans remember how the state of Louisiana came to our aid during Hurricane Harvey and now we are in turn lending our support as Louisianans face Tropical Storm Barry,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Texas is continuing to monitor this storm and I have placed assets and teams on standby to respond to any severe weather that may impact our state. I am proud of the way our first responders are stepping up to assist in these crucial response efforts, and I ask all Texans to keep those in the storm’s path in their thoughts and prayers.”

According to Governor Abbott's office, these resources will remain on standby in Texas to respond to any severe weather event:

Department of Public Safety Resources

  • 2 Helicopters with Hoist Capability
  • 3 High Altitude Aircraft
  • 553 Troopers with Equipped Vehicles
  • 553 Troopers with Equipped Vehicles
  • 53 Trucks/SUVs
  • 5 ATV-type Vehicles
  • 55 Texas Rangers
  • 30 SRT Operators
  • 20 SWAT Operators
  • 4 Armored High Water Personnel Carriers
  • 2 Zodiac Boats
  • Safe Boat
  • 2 Communication Teams
  • 4 Command Trailers
  • Initial Reentry Assessment team
  • 4 Portable Satellite Packages
  • 6 Field Support Trailers
  • Inflatable Trailer
  • 3 Commercial Generators
  • Portable Radio Cache
  • 2 Cradle Points with Multiple Cell Carriers
  • AT&T Deployable Cell Site
  • 13 Shallow Water Boats
  • 9 Rescue Swimmers
  • State Coordinator
  • 7 District Coordinators
  • Critical Information Specialist
  • 10 Recovery/Mitigation Coordinators
  • 7 Emergency Tracking Networks
  • 8 Disaster District Committees
  • 2 Mobile Satellite Radios
  • Drone
  • 7 Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service Go-Kits
  • ATV/Polaris Ranger and Trailer
  • 11 Trauma Bags with Assorted Medical Gear

Texas Military Department Resources

  • Rotary Wing MRP
  • 2 Ground Transportation Platoons
  • Food Unit Leader Support Team
  • Intake/Vetters Support Team
  • Military Desk Support Team
  • Multiple Personnel

Texas Parks and Wildlife Resources

  • 3 Saw Squads
  • 3 Planning Modules
  • 26 Game Wardens
  • 8 Airboats
  • Fuel Trailer
  • 4 SAR Boat Teams
  • Helicopter

Texas Task Force 1 Resources

  • SAR Overhead Team
  • 4 SWR Boat Squads
  • 10 Helicopter SAT Technicians
  • Type 3 USAR Team
  • 10 SAT Division Supervisors