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Governor Abbott informs Valley View about measures to combat severe weather and tornadoes in Texas

Austin, Texas – Texas Governor Greg Abbott today provided an update on the state's ongoing efforts to support Texans and North Texas communities devastated by severe weather and tornadoes at a press conference following a meeting with state and local officials in Valley View. Governor Abbott also said: Ssigned the storm disaster of the state Explanation Denton, Montague, Cooke and Collin counties were added, bringing the total number of counties under the disaster declaration to 106.

Office of the Governor, 05/26/24


“Texans across the state are saddened by the tragic loss of seven lives from severe storms in North Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “We estimate nearly 100 people were injured, more than 200 homes or buildings were destroyed, and more than 220 structures were damaged. As more estimates become available, these numbers may rise. It has been a harrowing week of lives lost, property destroyed, and hopes and dreams dashed for those who owned homes or small businesses, but in true Texas fashion, Texans are responding to this great tragedy with love, caring, and generosity. We have seen heroism from first responders, volunteer firefighters, law enforcement officers, and people who may never be known. Amid the rubble that surrounds us here today, I am moved by the sight of the American flag still fluttering in the wind. I am proud of our country and our state for standing together in difficult times like these. The State of Texas will continue to advocate and support the affected communities to ensure they can rebuild and recover.”

Office of the Governor, 05/26/24


During the press conference, Governor Abbott urged Texans across the state to pray for the safety and speedy recovery of North Texas communities. The Governor also provided a brief overview of the work state agencies are doing to help the region rebuild, including conducting final search and rescue missions, providing aid, support and supplies to people in need of immediate assistance, assisting with debris removal and working with local and federal partners to provide financial assistance to affected Texans. Additionally, Governor Abbott urged Texans whose homes or buildings were damaged to contact their insurance companies as soon as possible to check if they are covered and to report damage at Damage.Tdem.texas.gov.

Office of the Governor, 05/26/24


These self-submitted questionnaires help authorities connect affected Texans with recovery resources and determine eligibility for federal disaster assistance.

In addition to the Governor, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, Representative David Spiller, Representative Lynn Stucky, Cooke County Judge John Roane, Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Deputy Chief Kevin Starbuck, and other state and local officials participated in the press conference.

Office of the Governor, 05/26/24


Governor Abbott continues to take actions to deploy all available resources to assist local communities in managing the impacts of severe weather, including:

  • Preparation State emergency resources will be deployed on April 25 in response to the threat of wildfires and severe weather.
  • output a disaster declaration on April 30 for the counties affected by the recent storms and the provision of additional state emergency resources in anticipation of severe weather and flooding. The Governor changed its disaster declaration on 2 May has updated it further on 7 May changed on 15 May again and added other districts on May 20th.
  • Increasingly the State Emergency Operations Center's readiness level to assist local officials in requesting federal assistance.
  • Hold a meeting on May 6 with local and state officials from the affected areas and an update on the state's comprehensive relief efforts to support local communities.
  • Request a presidential disaster declaration on May 15 for communities in Texas affected by severe storms.
  • Backup partial approval of a Presidential disaster declaration on May 17 for severe weather-affected areas of the state.
  • Request Additional counties for Texas communities affected by severe storms will be added to the May 19 Presidential Disaster Declaration.
  • Provision an update on the state's response and recovery efforts in affected communities.