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President Donald Trump says 'emergency exists' in Texas, orders Federal assistance

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing executive orders on prescription drug prices in the South Court Auditorium at the White House on July 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump signed a series of four executive orders aimed at lowering prices that for prescription drugs in the United States. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO (WOAI/KABB) — President Donald Trump declared Sunday that an emergency exists in Texas and has ordered Federal assistance to help State and local response efforts from Hurricane Hanna beginning on July 25.

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of helping the local population and to providing assistance for required emergency measures under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to property public health and safety.

The effort will also lessen the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Aransas, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, Live Oak, Matagorda, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Victoria, Webb, Wharton, Willacy and Zapata.

FEMA is specifically authorized to identify, mobilize and provide equipment and resources needed to help those impacted by the storm.

Governor Greg Abbott has also announced FEMA Approval For Federal Emergency Declaration Following Hurricane Hanna Landfall In Texas. You can see the full release HERE.

Emergency protective measures limited to direct Federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care include evacuation and shelter support. This will be given at 75 percent Federal funding.

Pete Gaynor, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, named Jerry S. Thomas as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in these areas affected by Hurricane Hanna.