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President Obama signs disaster declaration for Oklahoma

by Bryan Painter Published: January 30, 2014
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Following is a press release today from THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary:

“ Today, the President declared a major disaster in the State of Oklahoma and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm during the period of December 5-6, 2013.

“Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm in the counties of Choctaw, Le Flore, McCurtain, and Pushmataha.

“Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

“W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Sandy Coachman as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. 

“FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.”

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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