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President Obama declares emergency for Oklahoma; approves FEMA disaster aid

From Staff Reports Modified: February 3, 2011 at 10:46 am •  Published: February 2, 2011

Gov. Mary Fallin asked Wednesday for the federal government to approve an emergency disaster declaration request for the entire state. President Barack Obama took action on that request and authorized the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement state and local response efforts that have been affected by the winter storm.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency in all of the state's 77 counties. While no dollar amount was mentioned in the initial news release from FEMA, it did say that emergency protective measures will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

Kevin Hannes has been named FEMA's coordinating officer for the effort.

"We appreciate the president’s prompt action on our request," Fallin said in a news release. "Our emergency management officials will be working with FEMA to secure all eligible assistance warranted by this dangerous storm."

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