White House Approves A Partial Disaster Declaration To Help Stop The Freeze, Deaths, Health And Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 21, 2021)—Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. partially declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms beginning on February 11, 2021, and continuing.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Angelina, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Falls, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gillespie, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Lavaca, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rockwall, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Travis, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, and Wise.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures and hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Robert J. Fenton, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Jerry’S. Thomas as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

President Joe Biden tweeted:”the federal government has sent generators, blankets, water, and other critical supplies to Texas, but local organizations on the ground need help.  Here’s how you can pitch in.”

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Governor Greg Abbott announced that President Biden—approved “partially –Texas’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration.”  The Governor added that he “requested the Major Disaster Declaration on last Thursday for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance in all 254 counties.  The Biden administration approved the request for Individual Assistance in 77 counties and for the Public Assistance (Emergency Protective Measures Only) in all 254 counties.”

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Source:Gov Abbott and President Biden

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