Texas Governor Abbott issues disaster declaration for Uvalde

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) announced on Tuesday that he had declared the town of Uvalde a state of disaster following a deadly shooting that killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School .

Why is this important: The declaration will expedite state and local assistance and suspend regulations that would “prevent, impede or delay necessary action,” according to a press release from Abbott’s office.

Details: The statement also allows state agencies such as the Texas Division of Emergency Management to continue to provide crisis response resources, including temporary accommodation for community members seeking emergency support. Mental Health.

  • The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is also working with local entities to provide a “single point of access” to services, according to the release.

What he says : “The Uvalde community…should have no difficulty receiving the support needed to heal,” Abbott said in a statement.

  • “This declaration of disaster frees up the many resources available through the State of Texas and local jurisdictions to continue to provide much-needed support to all those affected and to work in the community unhindered by unnecessary regulations to respond to this tragedy.”

Yes, but: Authorities in Texas have so far only provided public updates in English, prompting criticism that many Spanish speakers in the predominantly Latino community are being excluded, writes Astrid Galván of Axios.

The big picture: Uvalde is still reeling from the failures and mistakes of the police in their response to the shooting.

  • At least eight 911 calls were made from classrooms at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde between 12:03 p.m. – half an hour after the 18-year-old shooter entered the building – and around 12:50 p.m. , when Border Patrol agents and police finally burst in. and shot him down.
  • The Justice Department said it would conduct a review of the local law enforcement response.
  • Meanwhile, children who survived the shooting speak of the horrors and anxieties that afflict them, especially the fear that “it could happen again”.

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Edward K. Thompson