Texas Homeland Security
Strategic Plan 2010-2015
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The State of Texas is one of the more complex homeland security challenges in the nation. Its vast size, unique role in the nation’s economy, proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, 1,200 miles of international border, and an ever-growing and diverse population pose a unique combination of threats that are not seen anywhere else in America.
In 2003, Governor Rick Perry established a Texas Homeland Security office in order to coordinate the resources and responses necessary to prevent, protect from, prepare for and respond to all threats of terrorism and disaster.
News & Announcements
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.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Appeals FEMA Denial of Individual Assistance for Central Texans Affected by Floods
Gov. Rick Perry today appealed the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) denial of individual assistance for Central Texas counties impacted by the severe storms and flooding between October 30 and November 1.
Friday, December 20, 2013 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency
Gov. Rick Perry has again renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources.
Friday, December 20, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved for Three Central Texas Counties
Gov. Rick Perry today announced that his request for public assistance through a federal disaster declaration for three Central Texas counties has been approved. The governor requested individual and public assistance earlier this month to support recovery efforts in areas impacted by severe storms and flooding between October 30 and November 1. Approval of the individual assistance request is still pending federal review.
Friday, December 13, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Central Texas Flood Damage
Gov. Rick Perry is requesting a presidential disaster declaration for three Texas counties due to extensive flood damage in Central Texas following the storms that occurred from October 30th to November 1st. The declaration would provide federal assistance to support recovery efforts.
Friday, December 13, 2013 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Issues State Disaster Proclamation for Extensive Central Texas Flood Damage
Gov. Rick Perry issued a state disaster proclamation for Bell, Caldwell, Freestone, Guadalupe, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.