President Joe Biden ordered the federal government to provide generators and other resources like water and fuel to Texas.
During a news briefing on Feb. 17, the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that FEMA had supplied generators to Texas as the state continued to experience electric grid failures. Psaki said the Biden administration and FEMA were also planning to move diesel to essential sites like hospitals and water facilities to ensure adequate backup power.
In a tweet on Feb. 18, President Biden said that he had declared a state of emergency in Texas, Oklahoma, and other impacted states. He mentioned that he authorized FEMA to provide generators and other supplies, and he would fulfill the state's additional requests.
On the same day, Deputy National Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall said in a press briefing that FEMA had provided sixty power generators and additional fuel support to critical facilities like hospitals and water plants. The federal agency also granted 60,000 wool and cotton blankets, and 225,000 meals in Texas.