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President Biden approves Disaster Declaration for Oklahoma

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 09:46:15-05

TULSA, Okla. — President Biden approved Governor Kevin Stitt's request for a federal disaster declaration due to prolonged frigid temperatures and heavy snow caused by this historic series of winter storms in Oklahoma.

Yesterday, President Biden pledged the federal government’s support for Oklahoma when we spoke by phone,” said Gov. Stitt said Wednesday. “I am now urging the President and his administration to act quickly and deliver on our request to help Oklahomans recover from this historic storm.”

Stitt requested an Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance statewide for all 77 Oklahoma counties and Public Assistance Category B, limited to mass care and sheltering.

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 77 Oklahoma counties.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures for mass care and sheltering and direct federal assistance will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

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