Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Archbishop L. J. Guillory, Saying Prayers For The People of Henderson, Texas 'East Texas was Hit Hard By The Rain Storm!'

My Prayers to all of my Henderson Family & Friends who are living thru this unfortunate and devastating storm. I know that this city will get through this and repair and/or re-build any of the damaged areas.
Storms dropped a massive amount of rain as they passed over East Texas, so fast the water had nowhere to go. In Henderson, TX An emergency shelter has been set up at Henderson Civic Center on Highway 64 for anyone displaced in Monday's storms, according to the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management.
The Emergency Operations Center has been activated in the City of Henderson. We have reports of substantial damage in the downtown area. Henderson ISD has canceled classes Tuesday. The Rusk County Office of Emergency Management discourages travel in Henderson or Rusk County. They are reporting hazardous road conditions created by trees, downed power lines and debris.
"I also know that those living and/or working in the Henderson. Rusk County 'East Texas' area will work together to help those devastated, affected and or in need; as, a result of the storm. I have contacted my friends in Washington, D.C. (even on the Holiday) and am being told that once the Texas Governor declares a State of Emergency, FEMA resources are available in short order," Said, Archbishop Guillory, who also serves the Ombudsman General to National Ombudsman / Ombudsman International www.SaveAmericaFoundation.Org
Update May 29, 2015 Multiple East Texas counties have been added to the state's disaster declaration list, announced Governor Greg Abbott Friday. Twenty-four counties were added, bringing the total number to 70. The counties added to the declaration are: Angelina, Burleson, Cherokee, Edwards, Ellis, Fayette, Gillespie, Kaufman, Lamar, Liberty, Leon, Lynn, Madison, Milam, Real, Refugio, Rusk, Sabine, Travis, Tyler, Uvalde, Victoria, Waller and Wharton. Additional counties may be added as the situation develops.
“The large number of Texas counties currently experiencing a state of disaster is an indication of how severe this ongoing weather situation is, and I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for everyone to heed local officials’ warnings,” said Governor Abbott. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those affected, and I strongly urge all Texans to take all precautions to protect themselves and their families and neighbors.” Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips during this weather event: When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors. Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water. Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and observe road barricades placed for your protection.
Remember that dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground. Monitor weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area. Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night. · Be mindful that rising and moving water can also threaten people on foot and individuals near recreational waterways impacted by significant rainfall. Monitor weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area. Stay informed and heed warnings by local officials. For additional safety tips related to tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding, see: http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm The American Red Cross has established the following website for individuals in impacted areas: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php The following resources are involved in the state’s continued response to this weather event: Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS): Assisting with reconnaissance, search and rescue efforts, and providing personnel and resources as needed.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD): Conducting search and rescue missions during flash flooding/water incidents in affected areas. Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): DSHS have mobilized resources, equipment and personnel to provide medical assistance as needed. Texas Military Forces (TMF): TMF has deployed aircraft and high-profile vehicles, and continues providing assistance with search and rescue missions as needed. Texas Task Force 1 (TTF1): Air and boat rescue squads have been deployed for search and rescue missions as needed. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ): Continues to monitor dams and river levels in the affected areas. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT): Crews have deployed resources to address flooding conditions and debris cleanup impacting roadways. Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC): Personnel continue to work with utility companies to resolve power/utility issues.
Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA): Assisting communities to apply for funds administered by TDA that will help with storm cleanup and rebuilding. Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD): Organizations continue to provide shelter and other mass care needs as requested.
Additional partners and resources include: Texas A&M Forest Service; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; Civil Air Patrol; Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs; Texas Department of Criminal Justice; Texas General Land Office; Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Texas Department of Insurance; Railroad Commission of Texas; Texas Education Agency; Department of Aging and Disability Services; Department of Family and Protective Services; Texas Workforce Commission; Texas Animal Health Commission; Texas 2-1-1; and Texas Department of Information Resources.