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Biden declares emergency in Texas; FEMA sends generators, supplies

President Joe Biden.
President Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Biden administration has authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide generators and supplies to Texas and other states amid severe winter weather.

"I've declared states of emergency, authorized FEMA to provide generators and supplies, and am ready to fulfill additional requests," President Biden wrote on Twitter Thursday.

Homeland Security advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall said a short time later that FEMA was deploying the supplies “as we speak.”

Biden’s approval allows FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and it allows for federal funding to reimburse cities, counties and tribes for the costs of emergency measures responding to the storm, including providing shelter for displaced residents.

Just under a half-million Texas homes and businesses remained without electricity on Thursday, while millions still were without safe drinking water after winter storms wreaked havoc on the state's power grid and utilities this week.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. Everyone should maintain at least 30 days of food and water. We keep 90 days of supplies, to include a generator with extra gas. I also keep 15 extra bags of charcoal, and two small electric heaters. Learned the hard way, living in hurricane and earthquake zones.

    1. Same here. 30 years in Idaho taught me to be prepared. Have everything you keep except charcoal, we used propane for cooking and a pellet stove for heat. Generator saved us a number of times.

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