Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Announces Major Disaster Declaration for Counties Affected by the Recent Tornadoes and Winter Storm Events
Dallas, TX - (Tuesday, February 9, 2016) - Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced that President Obama has declared a major disaster for the State of Texas, triggering the eligibility of federal funds to help communities recover from the severe winter storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred between December 26, 2015 and January 21, 2016. Congresswoman Johnson has been actively seeking this declaration in order to shepherd federal resources to the victims of the devastating natural disasters in and around Dallas County.
“Today, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the storms our area faced in December 2015 and January 2016,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “This is welcomed news for the many families, businesses, and municipalities still recovering from the recent devastation. This declaration opens up a host of resources for emergency work and the repair of facilities that were damaged by the disaster. I have been working hard with the administration to get this disaster declaration declared to assist Dallas and the surrounding counties that were affected by these storms and tornadoes. Over the next few weeks, the Texas Division of Emergency Management – in conjunction with FEMA – will be meeting with local officials to walk them through the process of applying and receiving disaster funds and assistance.”
Letter from Congresswoman Johnson to the President seeking Federal Disaster Declaration sent the same day as Governor’s request: http://1.usa.gov/1Q61gIB
The next steps in the process of receiving FEMA funds: http://1.usa.gov/1Q7M4Rk
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.