UPDATED 3:05 PM PT – Friday, February 19, 2021
Emergency equipment given to Texas by FEMA has reportedly been holed up at a staging area in Fort Worth since Thursday. According to reports, the agency sent 60 generators to the Lone Star State, but state officials did not provide instructions on how they should be delivered.
Additionally, 10,000 gallons of diesel have been sent to the state, awaiting approval from local officials before they can be distributed. Experts said part of the issue has been caused by delays in transportation due to the severe weather.
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
HHS declared a public health emergency Thursday, which allowed the Texas Centers for Medicare and Medicaid greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs in a disaster situation.
Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources said it will have a hearing regarding the reliability of the country’s electric grid. On Friday, a spokesperson for Committee Chairman Sen. Joe Manchin said the lawmaker was following the situation in Texas closely.
Republican Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) voiced support for the hearing. He said the question ultimately becomes “why weren’t we prepared?” and “what can we do to ensure this doesn’t happen again?”