Extreme drought conditions have sparked dangerous wildfires across the state, which have taken lives, engulfed more than 3.8 million acres and destroyed hundreds of homes. Texans must continue to heed all warning from fire and local officials, and take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of wildfire.
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News & Announcements
- Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on FEMA’s Denial of Funds for West
The day of the West memorial service, President Obama stood in front of a grieving community and told them they would not be forgotten. He said his administration would stand with them, ready to help. We anticipate the president will hold true to his word and help us work with FEMA to ensure much-needed assistance reaches the community of West.
- Wednesday, June 05, 2013 Austin, Texas Speech
Gov. Perry Honors Fallen Houston Firefighters
Gov. Rick Perry spoke today at a memorial honoring the fallen firefighters who died while searching for survivors in a Houston fire.
- 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.