The President was briefed this morning on the deadly, devastating tornadoes across the central United States that happened overnight.
The White House is closely monitoring the impacts of the severe weather. “We are in touch with state and local officials as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue, and will provide the Federal government’s full support as needed,” the White House has confirmed.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has tweeted this morning regarding the tornadoes and other severe weather that struck several states overnight.
To express his condolences for the lives lost and the damage impacting their states as a result of the tornadoes and extreme weather overnight, President Biden spoke with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
According to the White House, Biden “asked each Governor what his state needs and how he can be most supportive.”
The Biden administration committed to deliver assistance to impacted areas via FEMA in a timely manner.
“The President asked the Governors to call him directly if there is any Federal support they need and said he will remain focused on doing everything he can to help communities recover from the effects of this historic storm,” said the White House.
In addition to the President FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O’Malley Dillon, and White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Julie Chavez Rodriguez were also on the call.