Mayor Price declares state of disaster due to winter storm

Published on February 17, 2021

Mayor Betsy Price declared a state of local disaster due to severe winter weather.

The disaster declaration went into effect on Wednesday and will remain for up to seven days unless the City Council extends it.

“In response to the state of emergency resulting from the severe winter weather, the City of Fort Worth must take necessary action to ensure the safety of its citizens during this unprecedented circumstance,” the declaration reads.

It continues: “The Mayor of Fort Worth has determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to alleviate the suffering of people and to protect public health and safety.”

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a disaster declaration for all Texas counties on Feb. 12, and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley signed a disaster declaration on Feb. 16.