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Governor Greg Abbott Participates In White House's 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Briefing For State Leaders


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today joined President Donald J. Trump, heads of federal agencies and other Governors from across the country via video teleconference for the 2017 White House Hurricane Briefing. In addition to the President, other participants on the teleconference included Department of Homeland Security Acting-Secretary Elaine Duke and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, who discussed the importance of readiness efforts and provided an overview of response to and recovery from a hurricane. 
During the teleconference, Governor Abbott spoke about the preparedness efforts already underway in Texas to ensure the state is ready in the event of a hurricane.
"Texas is in a constant state of hurricane preparedness, and the safety of Texans is our top priority," said Governor Abbott. "The Texas Division of Emergency Management continues to plan and train in the event of a hurricane, and I would encourage all Texans to be mindful of the dangers and always comply with evacuation orders issued by local officials. I appreciate the efforts of our partners at the federal level in helping to build resilience, preparedness & responsiveness in communities across the country."
Natural disaster preparedness is a joint effort between state and local partners, the American people, and the federal government. We at DHS and FEMA are ready to respond quickly, efficiently, and effectively when a disaster occurs, said Acting Secretary Duke. We take this responsibility seriously, and like today will continue to coordinate closely with our state and local partners to support our nations collective ability to respond.

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