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News & Announcements
- Thursday, May 16, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on West Investigation Results
The tragedy in West has dramatically changed the lives of many in this tight-knit community, forever leaving its mark on the town and in the hearts of those who call West home.
- Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Perry on Incident in West
Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the incident in West, Texas: We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Bastrop County Awarded Disaster Recovery Grant
Gov. Rick Perry announced the Governor’s Office has authorized a short-term grant of up to $1,612,500 for Bastrop County for the purpose of wildfire recovery and securing additional funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This grant is being awarded from state funds appropriated for disaster relief, and contingent upon reimbursement from the Texas Legislature through supplemental appropriations.
- Sunday, August 12, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Activates Texas Military Forces in Palo Pinto County
Gov. Rick Perry has activated Texas Military Forces (TMF) aircraft and personnel to assist state and local firefighting efforts in North Texas. Two CH-47 Chinook Helicopters with 1,600-gallon bambi buckets will be supporting the 14 local and volunteer fire departments that have been fighting multiple wildfires in Palo Pinto County.
- Wednesday, April 04, 2012 Austin, Texas Speech
Gov. Perry Presents Wildland Firefighting Teams with Governor's Award for Historic Preservation
Gov. Rick Perry presented the Texas Historical Commission Governor's Award for Historic Preservation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, Wildland Firefighting Teams for their efforts to save historic structures in Possum Kingdom State Park, Bastrop State Park and Davis Mountains State Park during wildfires last fall.