Texas: Governor Abbott Provides Update On State Response To Historic Wildfires
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~ Borger, Texas - Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference today in Borger to provide an update on the state's response to the ongoing wildfires that have been devastating communities across Texas. The Governor was joined by state and local officials as he addressed the challenges faced by Texans and the efforts being made to support and assist those affected.

"The countless Texans who have been impacted by these devastating wildfires are going through challenges that require our ongoing support and assistance," said Governor Abbott. "We must work together to help the entire Panhandle region rebuild and return to normalcy. I thank the many leaders and emergency management personnel here today who are working around-the-clock to swiftly respond to active wildfires and provide the resources impacted Texans need."

The Governor offered his full support to impacted communities as they continue to face dangerous wildfire conditions. He also commended the extensive work being done by state and local officials, as well as emergency response personnel, in responding to wildfire activity throughout the Panhandle region.

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In light of ongoing dangerous weather threats, Governor Abbott announced plans to expand air support and debris removal services in affected regions. This is part of the state's efforts to ensure that all available resources are being utilized to support Texans and communities impacted by wildfires.

Joining Governor Abbott at the briefing were Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, Congressman Ronny Jackson, State Senator Charles Perry, State Representative Four Price, State Representative John Smithee, Texas A&M Forest Service Director Al Davis, Borger Mayor Karen Felker, Hutchinson County Judge Cindy Irwin, and other state and local officials.

Yesterday, Governor Abbott granted waivers for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) as part of the state's efforts to surge all available resources towards supporting impacted communities. On Wednesday, he directed TDEM to deploy additional state emergency response resources to meet the urgent needs of communities currently experiencing wildfire activity.

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Texans who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires are encouraged to complete the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) self-reporting damage survey, which is available in both English and Spanish. This will help state and local officials identify damages and determine the state's eligibility for federal disaster assistance. However, completing this survey does not guarantee disaster assistance and is not a substitute for reporting damage to insurance agencies.

Governor Abbott urged Texans to follow guidance from their local officials, limit activities that may cause sparks or flames, and keep emergency supplies easily accessible. For more information on wildfire safety tips, visit TexasReady.gov, tfsweb.tamu.edu, or tdem.texas.gov to report wildfire damages.

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