Austin/Travis County Emergency Operations Center will remain open.
The City of Austin and its public safety partners are working together to provide a comprehensive, 24/7 response as the Austin area prepares for more wet weather this week.
The Austin/Travis County Emergency Operations Center will remain open to coordinate all severe weather operations.
“Our exceptional team of first responders and emergency management staff are dedicated to the safety and security of our citizens in their time of need,” said City Manager Marc Ott
Emergency response resources include, but are not limited to the following:
Austin Fire Department
All Austin Firefighters are trained in basic swift water rescue and front line fire vehicles carry basic swift water rescue gear. All 13 ladder trucks carry equipment that allows them to execute water rescues.
AFD has five special operations stations with 36 firefighters on duty 24/7. All are trained swift water Rescue Technicians. The special operation stations operate up to eight rescue boats and six evacuation boats.
Austin-Travis County EMS
All ATCEMS uniformed personnel assigned to front line ambulances have swift water awareness training, in addition to its three on-duty Special Operations Rescue units and two Special Operations Commanders.
ATCEMS has the capacity to deploy up to five boat teams for rescue operations, one Ambulance Bus for mass evacuations, five Community Health Paramedics for shelter operations medical support; and up to five ambulances for increased call volume and geographic response challenges.
Austin Police Department
The Austin Police Department will be staffing to a 100 percent for evening and night patrol shifts in the areas currently affected. If rain fall occurs, officers will monitor all known low water crossings and will notify the Emergency Operation Center of dangerous areas.
STAR Flight is staffing additional aircraft to perform swift-water rescues and respond to emergencies. Sheriff’s deputies are on patrol, will report low-water crossing closures to atxfloods.com, and are ready to respond to emergencies. Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Road and Bridge after-hours response crews are on-call and monitoring weather conditions.
Texas Department of Public Safety, Capital Region
TxDPS will have aircraft and swift water rescue teams and additional troopers will be called out to help rescue and evacuate residents upon request.
Parks and Recreation
Recreation centers will serve as temporary safe havens for any residents who feel uncomfortable or unsafe during severe weather situations. Available centers around the city include:
Delores Duffie Recreation Center, 1182 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Gustavo "Gus" L. Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78753
Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin, TX 78757
Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78702
Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr, Austin, TX 78724
Austin/Travis County public safety officials have established a shelter at the Dittmar Recreation Center, located at 1009 W. Dittmar Rd., Austin, TX 78745. For those whose homes are uninhabitable, the Dittmar Recreation Center remains open to provide them shelter and basic support services.
“As we recover from the Halloween weekend floods, we need to prepare for the storms on the horizon,” Mayor Steve Adler said.
The way to survive a severe storm is to stay ahead of it. The time to find out where to look for resources that can help in a flood is before the rain comes, and the time to come up with a plan is now,” said Mayor Adler.
Residents can take the following pro-active steps to be weather-wise:
Visit austintexas.gov/disasterreadyaustin for resources and guides to prepare for emergencies and disasters
Visit atxfloods.com for up-to-date road conditions. If road conditions are poor, limit travel and remember speed limits are for ideal conditions. Never drive through a flooded road or around barricades.
Sign up for emergency notification alerts to your cell phone, email and home phone at wireless.capcog.org.
Visit the Capital Metro website, capmetro.org or follow Cap Metro on social media, (Facebook/capitalmetro or Twitter @CapMetroATX) for the latest information about Rail changes, Bus route detours or other service disruptions.