Gov. Greg Abbott today extended the state of Texas’ response and recovery efforts following severe storms in northeast Texas throughout Friday and overnight into Saturday. Earlier this week, the governor directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to deploy state resources to help local officials respond to these severe storms.
“The state of Texas stands by Texans and communities affected by yesterday’s and last night’s storms in Northeast Texas, and I have used all available resources to help, respond and recover,” Gov. Abbott said . “Texans affected by this storm are strongly encouraged to report damage to TDEM’s iSTAT survey so that we can allocate the resources needed for our communities to recover. Thank you to all of our hard-working state and local emergency management employees for their quick response to keep Texans safe and for their continued service to help Texans recover from these storms.”
Preliminary damage assessments being conducted by local and state officials are ongoing, and the state of Texas continues to have numerous response and recovery resources operating throughout the affected area to support requests for assistance from local officials.
Government resources used for response and recovery efforts include:
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service: Texas A&M Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 2 Search and Rescue Teams and the Texas A&M Public Works Response Team
- Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw crews and heavy debris removal equipment
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force severe weather packages including medical ambulance buses and ambulances
- Texas Department of Transportation: Crews and equipment remove debris from roads
- Texas Department of Public Safety: State Troopers and Helicopters for aerial damage surveys
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Game warden
- Public Utility Commission of Texas: Personnel who monitor power outages and coordinate restoration of power with utilities in affected areas
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: Personnel who work with local officials to monitor drinking water, wastewater, and air quality
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service: Disaster Assessment and Recovery Agents
- Texas Division of Emergency Management: Field Staff, Disaster Recovery Task Force, and Mass Care Coordination in support of local officials
- Texas A&M University – Commerce: Personnel supporting damage assessments in affected areas
Texans affected by the severe weather are encouraged to complete the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) survey. The information provided in the survey helps emergency management officials gain an understanding of the damage that has occurred and helps officials determine whether the state meets federally required thresholds for various forms of disaster relief, as well as identify immediate resource needs. The iSTAT Claims Summary can be completed online in multiple languages by visiting damage.tdem.texas.gov and click 3rd-5th November 2022: Severe weather event.
“TDEM is asking for the public’s assistance, particularly those affected by these severe weather events, to provide details on iSTAT damage assessment when safe to do so,” said TDEM Chief Executive Nim Kidd. “This information will help officers determine where there is a need and how best to help. This survey is a valuable tool for local and state officials to better understand the extent of the damage and find the resources needed to help those in need.”
Reporting a claim through the iSTAT tool is a voluntary activity and is not a substitute for reporting a claim to your insurance agency. It does not guarantee disaster relief. TDEM has published a tutorial video in English and Spanish explaining the iSTAT surveys on the Survey landing page.