Texas governor declares state of disaster for counties hit by tornadoes

The governor of Texas had declared a state of emergency following deadly storms.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — “We pray and support those who have lost a family member, we pray and support those who have had their homes destroyed and their lives turned upside down.”

Words of support from Governor Greg Abbott, and reassurance during a devastating time.

“Texas is doing everything we can to help you piece your lives back together,” said Abbott.

Nearly two dozen people are helping from the State Operation Center.

“Texas Task Force 1, Texas Task Force 2 are actively engaged in the search and rescue process. In Central Texas all the way up to the Red River, in E. Texas, where we see rising waters,” says Governor Abbott.

The Salvation Army teams in Austin and Williamson County are on standby, in case agencies up North need more help. The non-profit is ready to send its mobile kitchen, to supply water, food and fuel. The Salvation Army can also send out an all-terrain utility vehicle to deliver food to first-responders and survivors in  hard-to-reach areas.

“There are many people who either need assistance or in typical Texas fashion, want to help provide assistance,” said Governor Abbott.

The governor says the first priority is rescue and recovery. They’ll then focus on helping folks who need to get to shelter. Rebuilding will come last.

Abbott says as time goes on, the state could declare a state of disaster in other areas. The governor also says DPS is on alert, to help prevent looting.

Governor Abbott says he’s been talking with FEMA, and is confident the agency will help provide aid, as it did with recent flooding in Central Texas.

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