El Paso City Council extends disaster declaration following Walmart shooting


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – El Paso City Council voted unanimously extend a local disaster declaration issued following Saturday’s mass shooting at a Walmart.

According to a news release, the declaration frees up financial and physical assistance and activates the city and county emergency management plan.

“This declaration of a local disaster activates the appropriate recovery efforts from the State necessary for the City to address the needs associated with this … tragedy. Our community has been resilient and we will not be defined by this weekend’s senseless act of violence,” Mayor Dee Margo said in a statement.

The declaration went into effect on Sunday and will continue 30 days after Thursday.

“We will stay united as we work through the long healing process,” Margo said. “We are incredibly proud of all our local, state, and federal first responders.”

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