Feb 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden administration sending generators to Texas amid power outages

Austin, Texas on Monday. Photo: Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

Austin, Texas, on Monday. Photo: Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing on Wednesday that the Biden administration is sending emergency generators to Texas amid ongoing power outages and freezing weather.

Why it matters: Huge swaths of Texas have been without electricity for days due to critical failures in the state's power grid. The outages come while a winter storm continues to pummel the state, causing unsafe conditions and a desperate need for heat.

  • "FEMA has supplied generators to Texas and is preparing to move diesel on to the state to ensure the continued availability of backup power," said Psaki.
  • "FEMA is also supplying Texas with water and blankets at their request," she added.
  • President Biden declared a state of emergency in Texas over the weekend.

The big picture: Outages are also affecting Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kansas and Oklahoma, per the Washington Post. Over a dozen deaths have been attributed to the situation.

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