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Evacuation Information: 2-1-1
FEMA: 1-800-621-3362
SNAP Food Benefits:: 2-1-1 or 1-877-541-7905
American Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767
Texas Attorney General Office: 1-800-252-8011
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Roadside Assistance: 1-800-525-5555
TxDOT Statewide Road Closures: 1-800-452-9292
Relay Service: 7-1-1
(Hearing Impaired and Visual Disabilities)

The 2013 Hurricane Season is here, and Gov. Rick Perry is urging all Texans to take steps now to protect their families and property from potential storms. In Texas, our strategy for dealing with disasters is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. In advance of storms this hurricane season, residents along the Texas coast should take simple steps to ensure their families have a plan in place should a storm threaten their homes.

Make A Plan. Be Prepared. Be Ready.

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News & Announcements - 2013 Season

  • Monday, September 20, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 13 Texas Counties
    Gov. Rick Perry has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a presidential disaster declaration for 13 Texas counties due to extensive flood damage as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine. This Presidential Disaster Declaration would provide federal assistance to support recovery efforts.
  • Thursday, September 09, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Issues Disaster Proclamation for Tropical Storm Hermine
    Gov. Rick Perry declares a state of disaster in 40 counties by Tropical Storm Hermine beginning September 6, 2010, and continuing.
  • Thursday, September 09, 2010 • Belton, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Issues Disaster Declaration for 40 Texas Counties
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued a state disaster declaration for 40 Texas counties, which will help speed recovery assistance to communities and families affected by Tropical Storm Hermine by opening the door to state and federal assistance. The governor also met with local officials and took an aerial tour of areas impacted by the storm, which created tornados and dumped up to 12 inches of rain on parts of Central and North Texas, leading to extensive damage and dangerous flash flooding.
  • Wednesday, September 08, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Activates State Resources as Flooding Threatens Texas Communities
    Gov. Rick Perry today directed the activation of state search and rescue capabilities, including Texas Military Forces personnel and resources, as heavy rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Hermine continue to threaten Texas communities.
  • Thursday, July 29, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Texas Communities
    Gov. Rick Perry has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a major disaster declaration for several Texas counties due to ongoing river flooding as the result of Hurricane Alex and Tropical Depression 2. The Presidential Disaster Declaration would provide federal resources to support recovery efforts.
  • Monday, July 26, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Renews Disaster Proclamation for Hurricane Alex and Tropical Depression Two
    Hurricane Alex and Tropical Depression Two caused substantial destruction in Bexar, Brazoria, Cameron, Cottle, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Maverick, Motley, Starr, Terry, Val Verde, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties. Hurricane Alex and Tropical Depression Two continue to create a state of disaster for the people in the State of Texas.
  • Thursday, July 01, 2010 • Ausitn, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry Discusses the Impact of Hurricane Alex
    "Texans should stay alert, keeping an eye on changing weather conditions and an ear tuned to local officials until Alex subsides. I want to say a special word of thanks to our entire Emergency Management team from Nim Kidd, who led our team through his first storm as chief to local officials who kept their communities informed and prepared for the first storm of the season. We’re also grateful to state and local law enforcement as well as members of Texas Military Forces Texas Task Forces 1 & 2 and our volunteer organizations, state agencies, and private sector partners."
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • La Porte, Texas • Press Release
    Texas is Prepared for Hurricane Alex
    Gov. Rick Perry today outlined Texas’ plans for responding to the threats posed by Hurricane Alex and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill along the Texas coast. The State Operations Center is fully activated and the state continues to work with federal and local authorities to track both the hurricane and the spill.
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Requests Federal Emergency Declaration in Response to Tropical Storm Alex
    Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a pre-landfall emergency declaration for 19 South Texas counties that allows the state to pursue federal assistance for debris removal and actions taken to prepare for Tropical Storm Alex. The governor has already issued a state disaster proclamation for these counties, which allows the state to initiate necessary preparedness efforts, such as pre-deploying resources to ensure local communities are ready to respond to disasters.
  • Monday, June 28, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Issues Disaster Proclamation for Tropical Storm Alex
    Tropical Storm Alex poses a threat of imminent disaster along the Texas Coast in the counties of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata beginning June 27, 2010, and continuing.