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Governor’s office highlights response


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Gov. Rick Perry’s office has released a snapshot of the state’s efforts in response to the West chemical plant disaster Wednesday.

Activated state resources:

• Texas Department of Public Safety — Helping secure the area for law enforcement personnel to conduct business and maintain public safety.

• Texas Task Force 1 & 2 — TTF1 urban search and rescue team, including damage assessment personnel for collapse structure assessment, and a search and rescue K-9 Team. TTF2 search and rescue task force has also been deployed.

• Texas Department of State Health Services — Ambulance buses, two medical incident support team members and mental health and other resources have been deployed. The DSHS State Medical Operations Center has also been activated.

• Texas Commission on Environmental Quality — Providing air monitoring and technical assistance.

• Texas Military Forces (— The 6th Civil Support Team, with approximately 21 personnel, has been deployed to support of first responders. Additional resources and personnel from the Texas National Guard Homeland Response Force (HRF) remain on alert and ready to assist if needed.

• Communications Coordination Group — Activated to provide additional emergency communication resources and/or support as needed.

• Texas Department of Transportation — Two 300-gallon fuel trailers from the TxDOT Bryan District have been sent to West, along with four personnel and four trucks to assist with mobile fueling; 18 personnel and nine trucks are closing city streets to block off the affected area. Other available sites for refueling are the TxDOT Waco District Office and TxDOT Hill County Area Office in Hillsboro.

• Texas Animal Health Commission — Providing support personnel.

• Texas Railroad Commission — Monitoring pipelines in the affected area.

• Texas Education Agency — Working with the local school district to coordinate any immediate needs. Schools in West are closed for the remainder of the week.

• Texas Forest Service — Incident Management Team assisting the Texas Division of Emergency Management with planning and logistics.

• Texas Department of Insurance — State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting on-site. Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is also actively assisting individuals affected by this tragedy. Two members of TDI’s Consumer Protection Division will be on site to assist individuals as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

Individuals looking for information or assistance may dial the Texas Information Referral Network at 2-1-1.

To donate to the Texas Disaster Relief Fund, visit www.texasdisasterrelieffund.org or call 1-866-463-7982.

 

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