Winter Storms Continue Along the Gulf Coast

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Record-breaking winter storms and vast power outages continue across the Gulf Coast, leaving millions of residents across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi unimaginably affected.

On February 14th, President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency for the state of Texas, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

According to, "2.7 million households are still without power as of Wednesday morning, a staggering number that was a relative improvement from earlier in the week.

The hard-hitting, back-to-back winter storms have claimed dozens of lives in at least eight states and left many families in search of warmth. Associated Press reported that at least thirty people have died from weather related incidents since the storms began.

With the continuous power failures across the states, many residents have been left with an inability to find proper food and shelter. In addition to FEMA, Red Cross has mobilized over 120 trained disaster workers, from Texas to Tennessee, to support relief efforts on the ground and virtually.

American Red Cross North Texas Region's CEO, Keith Rhodes, said, "The dangerously cold weather we've experienced over the past week is unprecedented for the state of Texas."

How You Can Help

  • The Red Cross works 24/7 to be ready to respond to disasters like storms and other countless crises. Please donate to the Red Cross now to help. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Donate to local food and emergency relief programs, such as these in Dallas and Houston