By Kate Sullivan and Allie Malloy | CNN
President Joe Biden mentioned on Friday he deliberate to go to Texas, however didn’t desire a presidential journey to place further strain on a state combating an excessive climate disaster.
"The reply is sure," Biden mentioned when requested if he would journey to Texas after addressing the Munich Safety Convention.
"If, in actual fact, it’s concluded that I can do it with out making a burden on the folks on the bottom as they take care of this disaster, I plan to proceed," Biden mentioned. He mentioned that call would doubtless be made early subsequent week.
The announcement comes after a devastating week of freezing temperatures and winter storms in Texas that resulted in widespread blackouts. The state has begun to revive energy, however practically half of the state's inhabitants stays on a boil water advisory because the water scarcity continues.
Biden mentioned he spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, Thursday night time. The President mentioned he would ask Interim Federal Emergency Administration Company Administrator Bob Fenton to expedite his response to the request on Friday afternoon. Abbott to declare a significant catastrophe.
“We're going to signal this assertion as soon as it's in entrance of me, and God prepared, it should convey loads of reduction to loads of Texans,” Biden mentioned.
Biden has already accepted an emergency declaration for the state over the weekend, however the main catastrophe declaration would permit FEMA to offer extra assets and help, together with insurance coverage complementary to assist folks with uncovered prices or different prices to make houses liveable.
The president mentioned FEMA was offering assist within the type of mills, diesel gasoline, water, blankets and different provides. Biden mentioned he has requested the US departments of well being and human companies, housing and concrete improvement, agriculture and protection to determine "different assets. in a position to provide and meet the rising wants of the folks of Texas ”.
The White Home mentioned on Friday it had been in touch all through the week with mayors and county officers throughout Texas to ensure they have been linked to FEMA to all instant wants.
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned Thursday that Biden had acquired updates on Texas and neighboring states affected by unhealthy climate greater than as soon as a day.
"Ensuring the folks of Texas, the folks of the encircling states have the assets they want, is one thing he brings up regularly in conferences and during the last couple of days." Psaki mentioned throughout the briefing.
She mentioned the president ordered his crew to "make fast choices and reply to the precise wants of states as they come up throughout this troublesome time".