Texas Governor Rick Perry met with elected officials and emergency management personnel at the Galveston County Emergency Operations Center in Dickinson. After the meeting, he met with reporters. Listen: RealPlayer MP3
"The local elected officials are the real foundation of our response by the State," Perry said. "Their pre-planning and working with Jack Colley and Steve McCraw, our Homeland Security Director, I think has been a reflection in the State of how you deal with a major event like this."
Perry complimented the County of Galveston for its construction of the Emergency Operations Center in Dickinson.
"It is that pre-planning, the pre-deployment of our assets, it is the evacuation," Perry said. "I think America saw a very thoughtful and lifesaving evacuation process; and then the largest search and rescue operation that the State of Texas has ever been involved in."
Perry gave special praise to the first responders and the private sector organizations that provided needed supplies for the recovery.
He encouraged Texans to donate to the Texas Disaster Relief Fund, noting that contributions to the fund are tax deductible and will be allocated to local governments and organizations to help those directly impacted by Hurricane Ike. Release
“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,” Perry said “Texans weathered Ike together; we will rebuild together.”