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  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Authorizes Additional Disaster Recovery Funds for City of West
    Gov. Rick Perry today granted the City of West's request for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts related to the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in April 2013. The grant will help West repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the blast and assist with other important projects in the affected area.
  • Sunday, March 23, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Directs State Resources to Respond to Houston Ship Channel Oil Spill
    Gov. Rick Perry has directed all necessary state resources to assist with the cleanup of oil that has spilled into the Houston Ship Channel after a collision between vessels yesterday. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is ensuring the coordination of the multiple state resources responding to this incident, and the governor has been briefed by TDEM Chief Nim Kidd on the ongoing cleanup efforts.
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on National Guard Reductions
    There are many ways to balance the federal budget, but this decision to eliminate the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team's headquarters risks Texas' ability to properly respond to hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters, and is short-sighted. Over the past decade, the Texas Guard has responded to more than 150 disasters in Texas and surrounding states, saving countless lives and helping families in distress. The Texas Guard also plays a vital role in our nation's War on Terror.
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Appeals Denial of Presidential Disaster Declaration for Winter Storms
    Gov. Rick Perry today appealed President Barack Obama’s denial of a major disaster declaration for 15 Texas counties following severe winter storms December 5-9, 2013. The declaration would have provided federal public assistance for recovery efforts.
  • Tuesday, February 04, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Renews Proclamation Declaring Liquefied Petroleum Gas Emergency
    Gov. Rick Perry today renewed the proclamation declaring a liquefied petroleum gas emergency, waiving certain state licensing and permitting regulations for out-of-state carriers and operators. This waiver applies only to liquefied petroleum gas trucks and operators meeting all certification, permitting and licensing requirements of the federal government and another state whose governor has declared or declares a liquefied petroleum gas emergency.