FEMA Mobilizes Resources and Personnel to Support Texas During Hurricane Beryl's Impact

FEMA Mobilizes Resources and Personnel to Support Texas During Hurricane Beryl's Impact

July 09 2024

As the first major hurricane of the season takes its toll, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has proactively positioned personnel in Texas to support state-led response initiatives to Tropical Storm Beryl. Even before Hurricane Beryl made its landfall, FEMA organized necessary resources, including 500,000 meals, 800,000 liters of water, and 60 generators for providing essential power supply to critical infrastructures, according to a release issued by FEMA.

FEMA has also deployed two Mobile Emergency Response Support vehicles to ensure seamless communication capabilities on the ground. However, locals are still urged to stay cautious and follow instructions from their local authorities as the storm persists inland.

Apart from administering a direct response, FEMA is also working in tandem with federal and state authorities. Over 60 FEMA staff members are working closely with the state to facilitate response operations. The U.S. Coast Guard is on vigil with its boats and aircraft to aid search and rescue activities, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Emergency Power Planning and Response Team is in Texas to address any temporary power needs.

The state of Texas has marshaled more than 2,000 responders and 850 assets for anticipating damage from the storm and is dedicated to providing all available resources for support to local communities.

Non-profit organizations like The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and Team Rubicon have also joined forces in providing relief. These organizations are focusing on providing meals, emotional and spiritual support, mobilizing trained disaster workers, relief supplies, and maintaining emergency response vehicles in the impacted areas.

As the storm continues, FEMA urges residents to stay safe and be conscious of persistent risks such as flash floods. The agency advises residents to stay off the roads to facilitate emergency workers and avoid driving or walking through flood waters due to the risk of contamination and dangerous wildlife.

For those affected by power outages, residents are urged to use generators safely, keep freezers and refrigerators closed, disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from potential power surges.

For more information and tips on how to stay safe during and after disasters, visit Ready.gov or Listo.gov (for Spanish speakers).

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek, authorTiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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