Feds Respond to Oklahoma Tornadoes

May 21, 2013

President Obama told Oklahomans they would "have all the resources they need" as they begin recovery efforts from a series of tornadoes that claimed the lives of several dozen people.

Obama declared a disaster in the state, freeing up federal funding and resources to assist those affected. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other program to help recovery efforts, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“I spoke with [Oklahoma] Governor [Mary] Fallin to make it clear that Oklahomans would have all the resources they need at their disposal,” Obama said in an address Tuesday morning, where he was joined by Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano. The DHS head planned to visit the disaster area Wednesday, according to the White House.

Fallin later told reporters she spoke with Obama again and he reiterated FEMA would be there to help and bring any needed resources. She added other Cabinet secretaries had called to give prayer and offer assistance.

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