The Biden Administration Failed its First National Emergency Crisis Management

The Biden Administration Failed its First National Emergency Crisis Management

By Dr. Frank Musmar

February 17, 2021

Image credit: “Over The Crest” by dolbinator1000 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

At least 11 people have died in the Southern states due to the winter storms thus far. Deaths attributed to the storm have been recorded in Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Missouri. The storm has hit particularly hard in the South, not costumed or prepared for such severe conditions. Millions were left without power in Texas alone. Biden speaks with governors of states hit by extreme weather. All that President Biden did is finally speaking Tuesday with few governors of the states hit by severe winter weather, offering him and the first lady’s prayers and telling them the federal government is prepared to assist.

On Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that President Joe Biden approved his request for a Federal Emergency Declaration for Texas in response to the severe winter weather throughout the state. However, The Biden administration failed its first national emergency crisis management. It is almost over; by Wednesday afternoon, President Biden, the National Weather Service (NWS), said that the worst of the storm had moved through Texas but kept more than 100 million Americans under a winter weather warning. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing on Wednesday that the Biden administration is sending emergency generators to Texas amid ongoing power outages and freezing weather. Ms. Psaki, with all due respect, it is too late. 

 

It is almost over, President Biden; thank you, but thank you. Texans went through a hard time tearing down their furniture and fences to burn and boiling bottled water. Grocery stores are already unable to get shipments of dairy products. Store shelves are already empty. We’re looking at a food supply chain problem like we’ve never seen before, farmers and ranchers across the state reporting that the interruptions in electricity and natural gas have a devastating effect on their operations. Residents are frustrated; they are angry and cold. 

Angel Garcia, a resident of Killeen, Texas, said that her son was born at 26 weeks and he requires supplemental oxygen, and since the power went out on Monday night, she has been rationing oxygen tanks for her five-month-old son. “We have an oxygen machine that converts room air, but since we’ve had no power, we’ve had to use our cylinders,” Garcia told CNN by phone on Wednesday evening. “Those went out, and they only deliver those once a month. We’re not able to plug in his pulse oximeter to check on his oxygen. We’re keeping a constant eye on him to see how he’s doing,” Garcia said.    

The recorded deaths varied from people who died in traffic accidents to some who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from running cars and generators indoors to stay warm. At least four people were killed following a house fire in Houston that officials said may have been sparked by candles, and two men found alongside a Houston highway were believed to have died due to the cold. The southern states’ homes are not insulated for cold weather leading the indoor temperatures in homes to quickly drop to freezing after heat systems failed and frozen pipes also burst, leading to leaking disaster.