President Trump Grants Major Disaster Declaration For Texas Over Coronavirus

Cover Image
Photo credit AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - President Donald Trump has granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The Governor tweeted out the information Wednesday afternoon. 

With the federal declaration, this will expand the resources available to the state of Texas and will speed our ability to robustly respond to the coronavirus threat, said Abbott.

GREAT NEWS.President Trump just granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas.This will expand the resources available to Texas & speed our ability to robustly respond to #coronavirus. #COVID19 #txlege

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 25, 2020

A major disaster declaration gives the state access to federal assistance programs for individual and public infrastructure, including funds for both emergency and permanent work, according to FEMA.

“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,” said Governor Abbott. “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.”