Almost exactly seven years after Katrina made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2005, a new storm formed in the Atlantic with sights set on the Louisiana coast.
On August 28, the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) and the Disaster District Committee (DDC) in Beaumont were activated to provide support to the state of Louisiana during the run up to and landfall of Hurricane Isaac. Both the SOC and DDC Beaumont were activated to assist the state of Louisiana or address any impact to Texas. The DDC, in coordination with the SOC, served as the central point for coordination and control of the state’s response assets.
Texas agencies and organizations involved in this activation included the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Forest Service, Department of State Health Services, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, Texas Engineering Extension Service, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Military Forces, Texas Task Force 1, Public Works Response Team, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Insurance, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Austin Citizen Emergency Response Team, 211 Texas, BCFS, and multiple other state agencies and private sector partners who remained on standby ready for rapid deployment.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with approval from Governor Perry, deployed Texas Task Force 1, a Type 1 (70 member) urban search & rescue task force, to stage in Louisiana. They served under the direction of the FEMA US&R program office, ready to respond to requests for assistance with search and rescue missions that were received from Louisiana emergency management officials.
Texas remains prepared to meet human-made or natural disasters threatening our state or further abroad when requested.