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Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration for all Texas in response to winter weather

The declaration is for all 254 counties in the state.

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday issued a disaster declaration for all 254 Texas counties in response to winter weather across the state.

Gov. Abbott ordered the Texas State Operations Center to be active 24 hours a day through the end of next week. Also as part of the declaration, the Texas Division of Emergency Management is deploying the following support across Texas:

  • Texas Department of Transportation: Winter weather roadway preparation equipment and response crews as well as road condition monitoring.
  • Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety: Courtesy patrols to assist stranded motorists along major travel corridors.
  • Texas Military Department: Winter weather equipment and personnel to support Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Fort Worth, and Waco to assist in stranded motorist operations.
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Four wheel drive vehicles and personnel to assist with stranded motorists along major travel corridors.
  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Motor graders and personnel to assist with snow/ice clearance and saw crews to assist with removal of downed trees.
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas Task Force 1: Search and rescue equipment and teams. 
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas:  Monitoring and reporting of power outages and monitoring of any issues impacting the power generation capability in the state.
  • Texas Animal Health Commission: Response equipment and personnel to address livestock concerns due to frigid temperatures.

"Texas should heed the guidance of their local leaders and stay alert to changing weather conditions in their area," said Governor Abbott. "These resources will help us respond to this severe winter weather and keep our communities safe. The State of Texas remains in close contact with officials on the ground and will provide any additional resources and support that are needed."

Below is text of the full disaster declaration