Governor Greg Abbott Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration
Governor Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration Friday as a result of the damage caused by the severe weather, tornado and flooding that continue to affect Texas.
"Communities across the State of Texas have experienced devastating destruction, injury and – most tragically – loss of life due to the major and unceasing severe weather system that has been impacting our state for weeks," said Governor Abbott. "I am extremely proud of the way that our first responders, local officials, law enforcement and Texas citizens have come together to protect and support one another in this time of crisis. I am requesting disaster assistance from the federal government to ensure that families, businesses and communities who have experienced hardship as a result of these severe storms have access to all possible resources as they recover and rebuild."
According to a news release, Governor Abbott is requesting Individual Assistance for Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties.
Individual Assistance provides affected residents and businesses access to Disaster Housing, Disaster Grants, Low-Interest Disaster Loans, and other disaster aid programs including crisis counseling, disaster-related unemployment assistance, legal aid and assistance with income tax, Social Security and Veteran's benefits.
Additional counties may be added to the Governor’s request once they meet the threshold required by the federal government to request federal disaster aid.