"Disaster relief a top issue at Cloud’s office" by: Mike Reddell

   Congressman Michael Cloud said that disaster relief is one of those topics his offices deals with daily.
   Cloud made two main points about disaster relief in an interview with the Bay City Sentinel at Kate’s Coffee, Tea and More Friday, Oct. 4.
   The first point is lessons learned to reform the disaster relief process, Cloud said, as it relates to his sprawling 27 Congressional District that includes Matagorda County in the north and Corpus Christi to the south.
   “There are lots of lessons to be learned,” he said.
   The second major point is helping the individual navigate the current process and improving the process.
   Cloud said he organized his staff to come up to speed with disaster relief.
   “The good news is we have outpaced previous recoveries,” the Congressman said.
   Cloud points out that the federal government wants state control on disaster recoveries.
   In this case, Gov. Greg Abbott will now direct the state General Land Office to oversee relief efforts at the local level. 
   In previous disasters, some relief efforts were handled through the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC).
   According to Cloud, that no longer will be the process.

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