Governor Abbott Provides Updates on State Fire Response Efforts in Medina County | Oficina del Gobernador de Texas

March 27, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott today received a briefing from state and local officials in Medina County and held a press conference to provide an update on the state’s response to fire activity in the county of Medina. Governor Abbott was joined at the press conference by Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd and local officials. During the press conference, the governor also amended the disaster declaration in response to fire activity across Texas to include Medina County.

“The State of Texas continues to work with local authorities on the ground and to respond to fires to keep Texans safe,” Governor Abbott said. “Thank you to our first responders and emergency response personnel who are working tirelessly to protect fire-affected communities. As we continue to fight the fires, I encourage Texans to stay alert to weather conditions and to continue to follow the advice of local authorities to keep their I ask Texans to join the First Lady and me in praying for those affected by the fires and severe weather that have affected many parts of the state.

During his remarks, the Governor noted that 19 state agencies and more than 200 firefighters are currently involved in responding to this disaster. The Governor also mentioned that local authorities are working around the clock to improve fire conditions so that power can be restored to undamaged homes in the area. Three houses were destroyed in the fire and 37 others were threatened.

During the press conference, the governor also encouraged Texans in Medina County and other affected communities to respond to the damage investigation reported by TDEM. This investigation will help the state identify damage and help emergency management officials understand what damage has occurred. This data is also needed to provide information to FEMA to determine state eligibility and to highlight the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals. The voluntary survey, available in English and Spanish, can be accessed by visiting: damage.tdem.texas.gov. Reporting damage to TDEM is a voluntary activity, does not replace reporting damage to an insurance agency, and does not guarantee disaster assistance. Medina County Texans can also visit medinacountytexas.org to access current details and to sign up for emergency alerts and information.

Shelter is available for Texans who were evacuated or lost their homes as a result of the fire. The shelter is currently at Loma Alta College, but emergency officials will provide a new location later today.

Governor Abbott last week directed TDEM to increase the State Emergency Operations Center (SOC) readiness level and increase resources to respond to high and critical wildfire risks. in Texas, including the central and southern areas.

Many areas of Texas remain at high to extremely high fire danger due to high winds, low humidity and drought conditions. Texans are encouraged to stay alert to weather conditions and practice wildfire safety, especially in areas where burning bans are active, to keep their communities safe.

For a list of state resources, visit https://www.tdem.texas.gov/disasters/2022-march-wildfires.

Edward K. Thompson