CORPUS CHISTI – Governor Greg Abbott gave updates on the current situation happening around the southeastern part of Texas Monday afternoon from Corpus Christi.

Abbott, along with United State Senator John Cornyn and Brock Long administrator of FEMA, touched on the amazing efforts put in by the emergency response crews and civilians during the aftermath of Harvey.

“The way the great state of Texas responded to this hurricane, is immeasurable, courageous and Heroic,” Abbott said. “I’m grateful for the way they were able to evacuate so many people and minimize the loss of life.”

Abbott said crews are still actively involved in search and rescue as he recently activated the 12,000 member of the Texas National Guard.

“Our number one goal from Corpus Christi to east of Houston is still protecting and preserving life and rescuing every person we can find,” Abbott said. “Our second goal is to ensure our fellow Texans have access to necessities: Food, water, supplies and power.”

Abbott said he declared a State Disaster Declaration in 54 counties throughout Texas. Eighteen of those counties have qualified to be upgraded to a Federal Disaster Declaration. These 18 counties are able to get help from FEMA. The following counties include:

1. Bee

2. Goliad

3. Kleberg

4. Nueces

5. San Patricio

6. Refugio

7. Aransas

8. Brazoria

9. Calhoun

10. Chambers

11. Fort Bend

12. Galveston

13. Harris

14. Jackson

15. Liberty

16. Matagorde

17. Victoria

18. Warton

Cornyn emphasized the first step in getting help from the federal agency was to contact 1-800-621-FEMA. Abbott added an abundance of resources to aid the people there can be found at

“Emergency management is about partnership,” Long said as he discussed the teamwork from local, state and national officials.

Long said FEMA is already on the ground in Corpus Christi and surrounding areas assessing the situation.

“To see the swiftly response of the federal government is unparalleled,” Abbott said.

Abbott mentioned he and Long will head to Rockport after Corpus Christi.

“Texans helping Texans, that is what we do,” Abbott said. “I’m proud to be a Texan and all the men and women who helped their neighbors.”

Watch the full press conference below: