President Joe Biden approves Oklahoma emergency declaration
President Joe Biden on Tuesday declared a state of emergency exists in Oklahoma as a result of severe winter weather that has all but locked down the state.
The declaration allows Oklahoma cities, counties and tribes to seek reimbursement for emergency expenses and authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist the state.
FEMA will be able to coordinate disaster relief efforts in all of Oklahoma's 77 counties. Direct federal assistance for emergency protective measures will be provided at 75% federal funding, according to a White House news release.
Biden, a Democrat, approved Oklahoma's emergency request the same day Gov. Kevin Stitt sought the disaster declaration for the entire state. On Wednesday, Stitt praised the president's quick response.
“I want to thank President Biden for his swift action to grant our request and make federal resources available to Oklahomans,” Stitt said in a statement. “We will continue to leverage all resources as we recover from this storm.”
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