TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, do hereby certify that wildfires
that began on March 6, 2017, have caused a disaster in Gray, Hemphill,
Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts and Wheeler counties in the state of Texas.
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 Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts and Wheeler
counties in the state of Texas.
Pursuant to Section 4 18.017 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 at my office in the
City of Austin, Texas, this the 11th day of March, 2017.