Update: President Obama Declares Disaster For Oklahoma

By Newsroom America Staff at 21 May 2013

(Newsroom America) -- President Obama has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma where at least 24 people, including many children, are dead after a monster tornado caused widespread destruction in the state.

Authorities thought as many as 91 people had died, but 120 people have been rescued from the rubble.

The city of Moore suffered catastrophic damage with neighborhoods flattened and two elementary schools destroyed, including one that took a direct hit.

FEMA has deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team, Urban Search & Rescue Teams, and an Medical Emergency Response Support Team to provide resources to hard-hit areas in Oklahoma.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.


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