Gov. Perry Unveils PSA to Promote Texas Disaster Relief Fund

September 22, 2008

Perry: We Will Rebuild Together

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today unveiled a public service announcement to raise awareness and encourage donations to the Texas Disaster Relief Fund. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible and will be allocated to local governments and organizations to help those directly impacted by Hurricane Ike.

“I’m deeply proud of the generosity and selflessness Texans have displayed in this tough time and glad a fund is in place that will enable impacted communities to fully recover from the devastation Ike left behind,” said Gov. Perry. “Texans weathered Ike together; we will rebuild together.”

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Texas Continues Efforts to Rebuild Communities and Lives

September 19, 2008

Power Restored to 1.46 Million; 75% Retail Fuel Stations Operational

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today encouraged displaced Texans to remain patient as the state continues to make progress restoring its communities and readying its neighborhoods for residents’ safe return home. To date, power has been restored to more than half of the customers who lost electricity during Hurricane Ike. Additionally, the fuel industry is reporting that more than 75 percent of retail stations have resumed operations and nearly 100 percent of terminals are operating.

“I urge Texans to stay where they are as local leaders work around the clock to bring necessary utilities back online,” said Gov. Perry. “We will continue to worth with our federal, local and private sector partners to ensure Texans impacted by Hurricane Ike can begin the process of rebuilding their lives and communities.”

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Gov. Perry Issues Disaster Declaration For Presidio County

September 18, 2008

Requests Emergency Presidential Disaster Declaration

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry tonight issued a disaster declaration and requested a presidential disaster declaration for Presidio County in response to floods threatening lives and homes the area. An excess release of water from reservoirs in northern Mexico following periods of heavy rain has caused a levee breach along the Rio Grande River threatening Presidio County.

"This situation poses an immediate danger to the residents of Presidio," said Gov. Perry. "The state is working with local officials to provide the necessary personnel and equipment to protect life and property in the area."

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Gov. Perry Surveys Storm Damage in Brazoria, Polk Counties

September 18, 2008

Urges Displaced Residents to Stay Put; Power Restored to More Than 1.3 Million

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today surveyed storm damage surrounding the Angleton and Livingston areas and visited with local officials, assuring them of the state’s continued support through the entire restoration process.

“The winds have died down, but the folks around here know better than anyone that we have a long road to recovery ahead of us,” said Gov. Perry. “I am confident that the state of Texas is equal to the task because I believe the leaders in our hardest hit communities have proven they are up to the challenges presented in this tough time.”

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Gov. Perry Announces $250,000 Emerging Tech Fund Investment in Mayan Pigments

September 18, 2008

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state will invest $250,000 through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) in Mayan Pigments Inc. of El Paso. Funding will support the development and commercialization of its line of Mayacrom© pigments, innovative pigment colors for use in various materials within the plastics, paints, coatings and printing inks markets.

"Continued investment in emerging technologies, especially those that provide environmentally friendly solutions to everyday problems, is essential to protecting the future of our state and planet,” Gov. Perry said. "These products will not only allow Texas to remain at the forefront of innovation, but will improve the quality of life for all Texans in the future."

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