AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has ordered the continued mobilization and pre-positioning of state resources in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav’s potential landfall. Gustav strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane today with winds at 145 mph. According to the National Weather Service, Texas remains among the Gulf States in the projected path, and additional strengthening of this system is forecast before making landfall along the Gulf coast.
State efforts began today to move medical special needs residents from Beaumont and Port Arthur to San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth and El Paso using aerial assets, buses and ambulances. Orange County, Jefferson County, the City of Beaumont and the City of Port Arthur have issued voluntary evacuations. The state will continue to provide support and assistance to local officials.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today named Mark Miner communications director and Allison Castle press secretary beginning Sept. 1, 2008. Additionally, Katherine Cesinger will return to the Governor’s Press Office as deputy press secretary.
“Mark brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to my office and will play a critical, strategic role in advancing a positive agenda to keep Texas’ education system strong, our border secure and our economy the strongest in the nation,” Perry said. “Allison has my complete confidence and will do a fantastic job as my lead spokesperson.”
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry issued a disaster declaration late Tuesday in response to the significant threat posed by Tropical Storm Gustav to 61 Texas counties. The governor's declaration allows the state to initiate necessary preparedness efforts, such as pre-deploying resources requested by local officials to ensure their communities are ready to respond to severe weather.
The governor has called on state resources to prepare for Tropical Storm Gustav, which is expected to strengthen as it enters the Gulf of Mexico over the Labor Day weekend. All state resources are ready for rapid deployment as necessary, and volunteer organizations are prepared to provide mass care support for residents.
AUSTIN – The Texas Film Commission within the Office of the Governor, today announced the launch of the Texas Moving Image Archive Program in partnership with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI). The program will support the discovery, preservation, digitization and dissemination of seldom-seen images of Texas such as home movies, educational films, training videos and locally-produced film and television.
“Texas films serve as a unique window into our state’s legendary past and rich, lively heritage,” Gov. Perry said. “As with any form of Texas history, we must preserve these treasures for the benefit and education of future generations.”