Texas Winter Storm Now a Federal State of Emergency
Gov. Greg Abbot confirmed that the White House announced a Federal State of Emergency Declaration for Texas due to the winter storm.
BIDEN APPROVES STATE OF EMERGENCY
Abbot requested the declaration Feb. 13 and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn joined him by writing to President Joe Biden for approval. Biden approved the request on Feb. 14.
“The Governor and local officials have informed us that the severity and magnitude of the storm is beyond the response capabilities of the state and local government,” they wrote.
“Prolonged sub-freezing temperatures, strained energy capacity, and treacherous roadways are just a few of the current dangers faced by all Texans. In the last three days, there have been 11 crash-related fatalities as road conditions deteriorate.”
MASS CARE FROM FEMA
All 254 counties are in a state of emergency and are experiencing historically low temperatures with large amounts of snow. The approval allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support Texas’ first responders and supply mass care.
STAYING OFF THE ROAD
Abbot and others are encouraging Texans to stay off the roads in order to stay safe. High winds cause snow drifts to cover areas of the road making it difficult to see.