FEMA has delivered only 60 generators to assist Texas residents, even though hundreds of thousands remain without power for the sixth day in a row.
Joe Biden’s homeland security advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall said Thursday that FEMA had sent 60 generators to assist Texas localities without power.
“Specifically, in Texas [FEMA] has made 60 generators and fuel available to support critical sites like hospitals and water facilities,” Sherwood-Randall said during the White House press briefing, even as she acknowledged that 600,000 people in the state of Texas remain without power.
NEW: The 60 generators FEMA sent to Texas are, as of this morning, sitting in a staging area in Ft. Worth waiting for delivery instructions.
10,000 gallons of diesel fuel also standing by. FEMA officials are waiting for instructions from Texas officials about were to send it
— Erin Banco (@ErinBanco) February 18, 2021
Earlier in the week, as many as eight million residents in the south-central part of the country and even in Mexico were without power after a freezing winter storm hit the region.
A spokesperson for FEMA told Breitbart News they had not received any additional requests for generators.
“FEMA has provided the state of Texas with 60 generators,” the spokesperson from FEMA said. “We have not received any additional requests from Texas for generators.”
In response to the ongoing situation in Texas, the President approved FEMA to send generators, diesel, blankets, and water to affected areas. We continue to monitor the region closely and are prepared to quickly process additional requests for assistance. https://t.co/jgKGoFcD7S
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 18, 2021
Sherwood-Randall warned during the briefing that rolling blackouts in the state would continue.
“It’s important to set expectations, however, that due to the nature of the storm citizens will continue to experience rolling power outages in some communities,” she said. “And that is just part of the process of trying to get power online and to get it delivered where it needs to go.”
Sherwood-Randall said that FEMA continues to distribute 729,000 liters of water, more than 10,000 wool blankets, 50,000 cotton blankets, and 225,000 meals.
She added that in the future, the federal government would work with states and localities to address critical problems with the country’s electrical infrastructure.
“We know we can’t just react to extreme weather events. We actually need to plan for them and prepare for them,” she said.