President Donald Trump has signed an emergency disaster declaration for Texas in regards to Hurricane Harvey making landfall Friday near Rockport, Texas. This puts him ahead of the curve against both Bush and Obama who waited for disasters to happen before making the declaration.
President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on Friday stating “At the request of the Governor of Texas, I have signed the Disaster Proclamation, which unleashes the full force of government help!”. This declaration will allow for federal resources to come to the aid of Texas even during the rains and the wind.
At the request of the Governor of Texas, I have signed the Disaster Proclamation, which unleashes the full force of government help!
“I want to thank the President and FEMA for their quick response in granting this disaster declaration,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded. “We will continue to work with our federal and local partners on all issues relating to this storm, and I encourage Texans to continue heeding all warnings from local officials.”
Despite this, the Liberal Left was already attacking the POTUS for not making the declaration despite the fact that, as mentioned above, he’s ahead of the curve against Obama in this matter.
With the signing of the federal disaster declaration, Texas will be able to use federal resources in order to help provide Individual Assistance, Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation to Texas communities.
Governor Abbott praised the president and his administration for their help in advance of Hurricane Harvey. “It’s been very impressive,” Abbott told Sean Hannity on Fox News Friday night.
Earlier on Friday, Abbott told reporters, “This is going to be a major disaster. My goal is to make it through this storm in a way that we lose no lives.”
While tonight, the emphasis is on wind damage and coastal flooding, over the next few days that concern will shift to major flooding as the storm stalls just inside the Texas coast. The storm is expected to remain at hurricane-force through Saturday and weaken to a tropical storm before moving back to the gulf near Port Lavaca.