Austin EMS Braces for Storm and Floods
Severe storms and potential flooding are expected to hit the Central Texas region this coming weekend, according to recent reports. The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has called for a state emergency response plan to be activated to ensure the safety of all citizens in the area.
As torrential rain continues to pour down on the region, Austin-Travis County EMS has declared that they are ready for whatever mother nature has planned. The organization has deployed two boats with a team of six people to assist with the heavy rain in South Texas, with two additional teams of rescue paramedics on standby for any emergency calls in Austin.
As part of their preparations, ATCEMS Commander Tim Fuentes has urged residents of Austin to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings during this inclement weather. He has asked anyone camping in wooded or bushy areas to move away from those places during this period to avoid getting caught in any floodwaters.
The organization has also advised citizens living near creek beds or drainage areas to be extra cautious and to find alternative routes to travel where possible.
Fuentes has emphasized the importance of being aware of potential danger and taking proactive measures to avoid any incidents, saying, “turn around, don’t drown, don’t take a chance – find another way.” With potentially life-threatening situations looming, the ATCEMS rescue team stands at the ready to lend their expertise and assistance to those in need.
The State Emergency Operations Center has put their resources and staff on standby mode to be ready to respond in the event of an emergency. The Texas A&M Forest Service has also been called upon to help with the emergency response efforts.
Residents in the affected area are advised to exercise caution and take all necessary precautions to stay dry and safe during this unprecedented weather. The situation is expected to be monitored continuously over the next few days until conditions improve.