As severe weather continues across the State of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in the following Texas Counties: Collin, Dallas, Ellis and Rockwall Counties. Additional counties may be added as the situation develops.

Governor Abbott received a briefing at the Department of Public Safety's State Operations Center this afternoon and held a press conference immediately following.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to those Texans who have been affected by this severe weather,” said Governor Abbott. “Please be assured that Texas is doing everything it can to assist in the challenges our citizens are currently facing. I want to thank the first responders and local officials on the ground and strongly encourage all Texans to heed their warnings in the coming the days.”

 

Disaster Proclamation issued for North Texas Storms and Tornados

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, do hereby certify that the severe winter weather and tornado event that began on December 26, 2015, and continuing, has caused a disaster in Collin, Dallas, Ellis and Rockwall Counties in the State of Texas.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 4I8.0I4 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in the counties listed above based on the existence of such threat.

Pursuant to Section 4I8.0I7 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency's emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 27th day of December, 2015.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor of Texas

Click here to view a PDF of the Proclamation here.