Gov. Greg Abbott declares ‘Flood Awareness Week in Texas’

Texas Floodplain Management Association issued a statement Friday, announcing that Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a Proclamation declaring the coming week, Monday through Friday, 2016 as “Flood Awareness Week in Texas.”

“We selected this important week to recognize the past significant flooding events which our state has experienced on Memorial Day weekends,” the statement read.

TFMA’s goal is to remind people of the importance of understanding the flooding risks and being prepared for flood safety. The group believes the proclamation will assist them in educating the public and save lives from any future flooding event in Texas.

In a release issued by the Office of the Governor, Abbott said because of recent flood events of extraordinary levels in Texas that Texans should “unite and prepare for potentially sudden and violent acts of Mother Nature.”

He recognized that dangerous floods are possible throughout the year but that they happen more frequently during spring and summer.

“It is crucial that Texans understand and respect the power of water,” he said.

He explained how families in Texas should assemble a “preparedness kit” of supplies, think about ways to reach friends and family members in case of emergency and decide on a meeting place in case of evacuation.

“At this time, I encourage all Texans to be informed and prepared for floods and flash floods and to be mindful of signs and barriers warning of flood dangers. Always ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown,'” Abbott said, as he proclaimed May 23 through May 27, 2016 as Flood Awareness Week.