Governor Greg Abbott had requested a federal declaration that Texas is experiencing a major disaster, and on Wednesday that request was approved by President Trump. A declaration of this type is chosen when the response necessary to address the problem exceeds the capabilities of state and local governments.
Abbott stated, “Texas is aggressively pursuing and implementing all necessary strategies to limit the impact of COVID-19, and I thank President Trump for his swift action to issue a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas.”
“The President’s declaration opens up new sources of funding for individual and public assistance that will help Texas respond to this public health emergency and protect public health and safety.”
In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused the federal government to declare a major disaster — after which $1.6 billion in individual assistance and $2 billion in public assistance was approved by the federal government.
To receive funding, a claim should be submitted, followed by a Preliminary Damage Assessment which must be conducted by FEMA and local government officials. Those officials then determine how much money will be allocated for each claim.
Included in the president’s declaration is the availability of “crisis counseling,” which exists to help those who suffered from the disaster work through their stresses and provide guidance on recovery.
When disaster aid is approved for Texas, it will be displayed here.
While the feds work to fix supply chain issues, state elected officials are working to stem the effects of a public health crisis and a drastic economic downturn. For many Texans, the aid — both in the long-term and the short-term — is very welcome.
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