Posted by: Philip Beasley, Regional Director, External Affairs
Denton, Texas, April 3, 2012 -- FEMA Region 6 Planning Section Chief Eddie Pack works in the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) as tornadoes and severe weather move through the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Photo by FEMA/Stephanie Moffett
As severe weather and tornadoes move through the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we are supporting the state of Texas and have been in constant contact with our state partners at the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).
We are actively monitoring the situation from our regional office in Denton, TX and we have activated an Incident Management Assistance Team to support the state, if needed and requested.
We encourage everyone to continue to listen to their local officials for information and instruction during and after the storms. After the storms pass, we advise community members to be careful when entering structures that have been damaged; to wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris; and to not touch downed power lines or objects that are in contact with downed lines.
While we have already seen damage in and around Dallas County, Texas, this storm continues to move and could potentially impact parts of Arkansas. Remember, as severe weather moves into other areas, continue to listen to your NOAA weather radio and local weather forecasts, and be familiar with these terms:
- Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
- Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.