Disaster Proclamation issued for North Texas Storms and Tornados Adding Wichita County

December 31, 2015 | Austin, Texas | Proclamation


WHEREAS, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on December 26, 2015, certifying that the severe winter weather and tornadic events that began on that date have caused a disaster in Collin, Dallas, Ellis and Rockwall Counties.

WHEREAS, those same conditions continue to exist in those counties and have continued to cause a disaster to exist in Wichita County.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I, do hereby declare a state of disaster in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Rockwall and Wichita Counties in the State of Texas.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the Code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the Code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor.  However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 31st day of December, 2015.


Governor of Texas

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