FEMA supplying generators, blankets to Texas, White House says


FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2021, file photo, icicles form on a citrus tree from a sprinkler system used to protect the trees from the freezing temperatures in Edinburg, Texas. There have been record subzero temperatures in Texas and Oklahoma, and Greenland is warmer than normal. Snow fell in Greece and Turkey. Meteorologists blame the all-too-familiar polar vortex. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)

HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the administration is monitoring the situation in Texas along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“FEMA has supplied generators to Texas and is preparing to move diesel into the state to ensure the continued availability of backup power — which of course is a major issue on the ground — to key critical infrastructure including communications, hospitals, and water,” Psaki said.

FEMA is also supplying Texas with water and blankets at their request.

Psaki also said the administration is monitoring other states affected by the severe winter weather.

“We are preparing to quickly process requests from other states for emergency assistance… that’s how the process typically works, and we urge people in the affected states to of course listen to their emergency management officials,” Psaki said.

On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott declared the reform of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas an emergency item for the 2021 legislative session.

The declaration marks the issue as a top priority. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 2 million Texans were without power after planned rolling blackouts turned into prolonged outages that are still not back online.

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