Perry's Statement on Incident in West,
Thursday, April 18, 2013 • Austin,
Perry released the following statement regarding the incident in West,
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders
on the scene. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. We
continue to closely monitor developments and gather information as details
continue to emerge about this incident.”
Gov. Rick Perry also met
with state officials to discuss Texas' response
to last night's explosion and fires at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. State officials
worked through the night and this morning to assist local emergency management
and law enforcement with health and medical resources, incident management,
search and rescue and environmental quality monitoring, which are ongoing.
"We are blessed in Texas to
have the best emergency response teams in the nation, and they were certainly at
their best last night, quickly and efficiently taking control of the situation,
tending to the wounded and helping keep a bad situation from getting worse,"
Gov. Perry said. "Anyone who grew up in a small town understands that this
tragedy will touch every family in West and the surrounding communities in some
way. I urge all Texans and Americans to join me in keeping the people of West
and our first responders in your prayers as this situation continues to unfold."
"Once again, our state's
first responders have run toward disaster, putting their lives on the line for
those they protect and serve," Lt. Governor David Dewhurst said. "We will
continue to pray for them and the countless Texans whose lives have been forever
changed by this tragedy."
Activated state resources
Texas Department of
Public Safety: Helping secure the area for law enforcement personnel to
conduct business and maintain public safety.
Task Force 1 & 2 (TTF1 and TTF2): TTF1 urban search and rescue team,
including damage assessment personnel for collapse structure assessment, and
a search and rescue K-9 Team. TTF2 search and rescue task force has also
Texas Department of
State Health Services (DSHS): Ambulance buses, two medical incident support
team members and mental health and other resources have been deployed. The DSHS State Medical
has also been activated.
Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ): Providing air monitoring and
Texas Military Forces
(TXMF): The 6th Civil Support Team, with approximately 21 personnel, has
been deployed to support of first responders. Additional resources and
personnel from the Texas
Guard Homeland Response
Force (HRF) remain on alert and ready to assist if needed.
Coordination Group (CCG): Activated to provide additional emergency
communication resources and/or support as needed.
Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT): Two 300-gallon fuel trailers
from the TxDOT Bryan District
have been sent to West, along with four personnel and four trucks to assist
with mobile fueling; 18 personnel and nine trucks are closing city streets
to block off the affected area. Other available sites for refueling are the
TxDOT Waco District Office and TxDOT
Area Office in Hillsboro.
Animal Health Commission (TAHC): Providing support personnel.
Railroad Commission: Monitoring pipelines in the affected area.
Texas Education Agency:
Working with the local school district to coordinate any immediate needs.
Schools in West are closed for the remainder of the week.
Forest Service: Incident
Management Team assisting the
Division of Emergency Management with planning and logistics.
Texas Department of
Insurance: State Fire Marshal's Office is assisting on-site. Division of
Workers' Compensation (DWC) is also actively assisting individuals affected
by this tragedy. Two members of TDI's Consumer Protection Division will be
on site to assist individuals as soon as it is safe to do so.
Individuals looking for
information or assistance may dial the Texas Information Referral Network at 2-1-1.
To donate to the Texas
Disaster Relief Fund, please visit
http://www.texasdisasterrelieffund.org or call 1-866-463-7982.
State Operations Center
has been activated to support emergency response operations, and will continue
to monitor the situation.
Then later he issued a
proclamation which reads:
TO ALL TO WHOM
THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
RICK PERRY, Governor of the State of Texas,
do hereby certify that the explosion that occurred in West,
Texas, on April 17, 2013, has caused a disaster in
County in the State of Texas.
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 county listed
above based on the existence of such disaster and direct that all necessary
measures, both public and private as authorized under Section 418.017 of the
code, be implemented to meet that disaster.
As provided in Section
418.016 of the code, all rules and regulations that may inhibit or prevent
prompt response to this disaster are suspended for the duration of the state of
In accordance with the
statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the
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 18th day of
Governor of Texas