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President declares disaster for Texas in wake of West explosion in April

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August 2, 2013, 4:13pm
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SOURCE: Federal Emergency Management Agency

August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by an explosion during the period of April 17--20, 2013.

The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the explosion in McLennan County.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Kevin L. Hannes has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

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FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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Your Opinions and Comments

New Guy  
Wilson County  
August 12, 2013 10:10am
Melony: There are tons of disasters in USA, but not all of them require FEMA, Federal dollars. States should be able to handle disasters, if not maybe they don't need to be States. Just another example of local town being ... More ›

melony mom  
August 10, 2013 6:03am
common sense can tell you it is a disaster

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 7, 2013 3:59pm
Big Brother forces himself on the states by demanding taxes and then tries to placate by dishing it out for political gain.

brahma fan  
August 7, 2013 12:25pm
we get 92 cents for every dollar we send in back....we would be foolish not to take back what we can of our own hard earned would be much easier if we paid into the Republic of TExas then we wouldn't have to beg ... More ›

New Guy  
Wilson County  
August 7, 2013 9:32am
Senior: I have no problems with that, but I don't want you guys complaining about Big Brother being in your back yard. You invited them in.

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 6, 2013 11:31am
New Guy, All Texas wants is to retrieve some of those dollars that they were forced to send to Washington!!!!

New Guy  
Wilson County  
August 6, 2013 11:09am
Great, another example of Texas taking Federal Dollars. Texas is just another socialist State feeding off the government. Gov Perry must go....bring on Wendy!!

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