Texas Tropical Storm Nicholas 09.13.21
THE STATE OF TEXAS
GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT
September 13, 2021
Mr. Joe A. Esparza
Deputy Secretary of State
State Capitol Room lE.8
Austin, Texas 78701
Dear Mr. Deputy Secretary:
Pursuant to his powers as Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott has issued the following:
A proclamation certifying that Tropical Storm Nicholas poses a threat of imminent disaster, including widespread and severe property damage, injury, and loss of life due to widespread flooding, life-threatening storm surge, damaging winds, and heavy rainfall, in Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria counties.
The original proclamation is attached to this letter of transmittal. Respectfully submitted,
Governor of the State of Texas
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that Tropical Storm Nicholas poses a threat of imminent disaster, including widespread and severe property damage, injury, and loss of life due to widespread flooding, life threatening storm surge, damaging winds, and heavy rainfall, in Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria counties;
NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in the previously listed counties based on the existence of such threat.
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 13th day of September, 2021.
Deputy Secretary of State