Biden deploys federal resources to devastated areas.
President Biden said he was working with governors of the affected states as they search for survivors and assess the storm damage.,
President Biden directed that federal resources “be surged immediately” to the areas most affected by the tornadoes, according to a statement from the White House.
“This morning, I was briefed on the devastating tornadoes across the central U.S. To lose a loved one in a storm like this is an unimaginable tragedy,” Mr. Biden said on Twitter. “We’re working with Governors to ensure they have what they need as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue.”Mr. Biden spoke with Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky on Saturday morning and told him that he had directed federal agencies “to provide the speediest assistance possible to impacted communities,” the White House said.
The White House said that federal emergency response personnel, water and “other needed commodities” were being deployed.
The goal is to direct resources “where there is the greatest need to alleviate suffering from the devastating consequences of these storms,” according to the White House.
A White House official said the president and his staff were also in touch with state and local officialsas they continued to search for survivors and assess the damage of the storm in order to provide the full support of the federal government.
Mr. Biden was briefed by several officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, among others.
“Because damage assessments are ongoing, further briefings will be provided to the President in the course of the day,” the White House said.