TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a
disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane
Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee,
Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells,
Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio,
San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and
WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was
subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14
to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina,
Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal,
Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam,
Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto,
Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington and Willacy; and
WHEREAS, on September 20, 2017, October 20, 2017, November 19, 2017,
December 18, 2017, and January 17, 2018, I issued proclamations renewing
the disaster declaration for all counties listed above; and
WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a
state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;
NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by
Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the
disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above.
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 at my office in the
City of Austin, Texas, this the 16th day of February, 2018.
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