March 10, 2021
Austin, Texas—Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and Representative Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) have filed legislation creating a statewide disaster alert system. Last month’s severe freeze and prolonged blackouts left Texans in the dark—literally and figuratively. The lack of communication ahead of the storm contributed to Texans’ many challenges, and this system will provide a much needed warning ahead of impending disasters and extreme weather.
“Communications failures contributed to widespread confusion about severe weather and prolonged blackouts throughout the state, and this needs to be addressed as quickly as possible,” said Senator Creighton. “Amber, Silver and Blue Alerts have saved lives across Texas, and this is a common-sense approach to ensure Texans have the information they need to prepare for severe weather and disasters. I am happy to work with Chairman Raymond on this priority legislation.”
"To address the inexcusable lack of information, this bill would establish an official alert system, telling Texans what they need to know, when they need to know it in times of emergency," said Representative Raymond. “Even as we work to prevent such a catastrophe from reoccurring, we must strengthen our communications infrastructure. Doing so could save lives."
Senator Creighton represents Montgomery, Harris, Chambers, Galveston and Jefferson counties, and serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education and Select Committee on Ports.
Representative Raymond represents Webb County and serves as Chairman of the Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee and on the State Affairs Committee.