Ahead of expected winter weather Gov. Abbott orders increased readiness of state ops center

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Ahead of expected winter weather and cold temperatures for much of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to increase its readiness from level 4 (normal condition) to level 3 (increased readiness) at 8 p.m. Monday night. 

"The winter weather system sweeping across our state will bring low temperatures and freezing precipitation to many communities, which could create life-threatening situations," Abbott said in a released statement. 

According to the governor's office, the following agencies will report to the State Operations Center Monday night:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety 
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Military Department
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Public Utility Commission
  • Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Red Cross/Salvation Army)

Texas residents can contact 211 Texas to check on community established warming centers or related services. Visit Texas DPS for winter weather safety tips.