Abbott announces FEMA approval for Hanna federal emergency declaration

Governor Greg Abbott
Posted at 2:52 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 15:52:59-04

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and President Trump have granted a Federal Emergency Declaration request for Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Protective Measures) after Hurricane Hanna's landfall.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct Federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care including evacuation and shelter support at 75 percent federal funding. The Governor submitted this request yesterday after Hanna hit the Texas Gulf coast.

"I thank President Trump and our partners at FEMA for their quick response in granting this Federal Emergency Declaration," Abbott said. "We will continue to work with our federal and local partners as we assess the damage from Hurricane Hanna and may seek additional federal assistance as we continue to respond, recover, and rebuild our communities. I continue to urge Texans to heed the guidance from their local leaders and follow best practices to keep themselves and their loved ones safe as severe weather continues to move through our communities."

A serious flood risk remains throughout the Coastal Bend and the Rio Grande Valley, and the State of Texas continues to respond to the ongoing impact of the storm.