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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
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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, June 28, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Issues Disaster Proclamation, Directs Pre-deployment of State Resources as Tropical Storm Alex Threatens Texas Coast
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued a disaster proclamation for 19 Texas counties and ordered the pre-deployment of state resources as Tropical Storm Alex tracks toward the Texas coast. The governor’s declaration allows the state to initiate necessary preparedness efforts, such as pre-deploying resources to ensure local communities are ready to respond to disasters.
  • Tuesday, June 01, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Texans Must Prepare for 2010 Hurricane Season
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today urged Texas residents to take steps to protect their families and property from potential storms this hurricane season. Today marks the first day of the 2010 Hurricane Season, which lasts through November 30.
  • Monday, December 07, 2009 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces $6 Million Award to Bluewater Highway Shoreline Stabilization Project
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state will award more than $6 million from funds appropriated by the Legislature for disaster relief to the Bluewater Highway (County Road 257) Shoreline Stabilization Project to help repair damage incurred along the highway during Hurricane Ike. The funds will be used to complete road restoration along the highway, including temporary repairs and protections that will allow for two-way traffic and also serve as a foundation for permanent repairs that will return the highway to its pre-Ike capacity.
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2009 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Urges HUD to End Delays on Texas Hurricane Recovery Funding
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter yesterday to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan urging the expedited approval of Texas’ disaster recovery funding. HUD claimed last week that “there is no compelling need to immediately approve” Texas’ application for continued recovery funding for hurricanes Ike and Dolly.
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2009 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces $8.6 Million for Bridge City ISD for Hurricane Ike Recovery
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state has provided $8.6 million to Bridge City Independent School District to assist in the construction of a new elementary school campus, replacing two schools badly damaged by Hurricane Ike. These funds are part of House Bill 4586, appropriated to the Trusteed Programs in the Office of the Governor as additional funding beyond the general disaster relief provisions of HB 4102.
  • Thursday, May 07, 2009 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Washington Penalizes Texas for Protecting Communities from Ike
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its denial Tuesday of the state’s appeal for an increased federal cost share for protective measures and recovery operations related to Hurricane Ike which made landfall on the Texas coast Sept. 13, 2008.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Reiterates Texas' Ongoing Disaster Recovery Needs
    PORT ARTHUR – Gov. Rick Perry today reiterated Texas’ ongoing disaster recovery needs as he toured areas affected by the 2008 hurricane season. The governor also met with the Governor’s Commission on Disaster Recovery and Renewal in Port Arthur.
  • Friday, March 06, 2009 • Proclamation
    Governor Perry Renews Disaster Proclamation for Hurricane Ike
    Governor of the State of Texas, did issue an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on September 8, 2008, as Hurricane Ike posed a threat of imminent disaster along the Texas Coast and in specified counties in Texas. The disaster proclamation was subsequently renewed through March 6, 2009, in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
  • Thursday, February 19, 2009 • Press Release
    FEMA Individual Assistance Registration Deadline is Tomorrow
    AUSTIN – Texans affected by Hurricane Ike have until midnight Friday, February 20, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance under the FEMA Individual and Households Program. A pre-screening questionnaire and registration may be completed online at or at 1-800- 621- FEMA.
  • Wednesday, February 04, 2009 • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Extends the Emergency Disaster Proclamation of September 8, 2008.
    The renewal of the disaster proclamation becomes effective on February 5, 2009, and shall remain in effect until March 6, 2009, unless renewed or terminated.