By Kate Sullivan and Allie Malloy | CNN
President Joe Biden mentioned on Friday that he plans to journey to Texas however doesn’t desire a presidential journey to place any extra pressure on a state grappling with an excessive climate disaster.
“The reply is sure,” Biden mentioned when requested if he would journey to Texas after he addressed the Munich Safety Convention.
“If, the truth is, it’s concluded that I can do it with out making a burden for the parents on the bottom whereas they’re coping with this disaster, I plan on going,” Biden mentioned. He mentioned that call would in all probability be made firstly of subsequent week.
The announcement comes after a devastating week of freezing temperatures and winter storms in Texas that led to widespread energy outages. The state has begun restoring energy, however practically half of the state’s inhabitants stays below boil-water advisories as water shortage continues.
Biden mentioned he had spoken with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, on Thursday evening. The President mentioned he would ask acting-Federal Emergency Administration Company administrator Bob Fenton on Friday afternoon to speed up its response to the request from Abbott for a serious catastrophe declaration.
“We’re going to signal that declaration as soon as it’s in entrance of me, and God prepared, it would convey lots of aid to lots of Texans,” Biden mentioned.
Biden already accredited an emergency declaration for the state over the weekend, however the main catastrophe declaration would permit FEMA to supply extra assets and help, together with supplementing insurance coverage to assist people with uncovered prices or different prices to make houses liveable.
The President mentioned FEMA is offering assist within the type of turbines, diesel gas, water, blankets and different provides. Biden mentioned he had directed the US Departments of Well being and Human Providers, Housing and City Growth, Agriculture and Protection to determine “different assets that may present and deal with the rising wants of the parents in Texas.”
The White Home mentioned Friday that all through the week it had been in contact with mayors and county officers all through Texas to make sure they had been linked with FEMA for any fast wants.
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned Thursday that Biden had been receiving updates about Texas and the encircling states impacted by the dangerous climate greater than as soon as a day.
“Making certain that the folks of Texas, the folks of the encircling states have the assets they want is one thing that he raises in conferences incessantly and has over the previous couple of days,” Psaki mentioned on the briefing.
She mentioned the President has directed his group to “make speedy choices and be attentive to the precise wants of the states as they arrive up throughout this troublesome time.”