Federal resources ready, Obama tells Oklahoma governor
President Obama speaks with Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma on Monday, May 20, 2013.
May 20th, 2013
07:40 PM ET
11 months ago

Federal resources ready, Obama tells Oklahoma governor

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama told Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Monday the resources of the federal government stand ready to assist her state as it recovers from a devastating set of storms that pounded an area near Oklahoma City Monday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed an incident team to the state, Obama told Fallin, and more federal resources are on standby as the extent of the damage becomes clearer.

“The people of Oklahoma are in his and the First Lady’s thoughts and prayers and, while his team will continue to keep him updated, he urged her to be in touch directly if there were additional resources the Administration could provide,” the White House said.

Earlier, an official said Obama and members of his administration are "closely monitoring" the storms that hit the town of Moore, leaving widespread damage.

Lisa Monaco, the president's security and counterterrorism adviser, notified Obama of the storm, according to a White House official. The official said he was continuing to receive updates as more information is derived from on-the-ground reports.

Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary, spoke with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin by telephone to ensure the state's needs were being met, and to "make clear that at the President's direction the Administration and FEMA stand ready to provide all available assistance in response to the severe weather," the White House official said.


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  1. TONY

    @DGreen
    What the heck are you talking about photo hop politicks? the President is supposed to check things out he is supposed to meet, and confer with officials there, or you nut jobs prefer the decisions that bush made during katrina. America we need to wise up and get these bums out we have to go out in numbers, and prevent ignorant voters like these with our votes from sending ignorant reps to congress. My heart goes out to the people of Oklahoma

    May 21, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. g

    the tea party will be against this hand out -

    May 21, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    @Dominican Mama.

    We seem to be doing that a lot to each other these days..... Smh.

    May 21, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Pete

    My thoughts,prayers and condolences to all Oklahomans who were in this horrendous tornado..Politics aside we as a nation should ban together to either help or pray for our neighbors and sit, realize just how small we are against mother natures rath!!I would wish in the future these states would impliment some type of bunker systems for their schools and communities much like was done in Europe before,during WWII..It's a way of protection and lives could be saved which is what we all want don't we!!Take some of that massive funding to our MIC which gets more funding than the next ten countries combined and put it to better use in protecting our own right here!!Again my thoughts,prayers and condolences to all Oklahomans involved in this horrible tragedy!!

    May 21, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    sean

    Isnt this what insurance is for?

    May 20, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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    I 100% agree,but I'm a bit wary of insurance companies when it comes to storms nowadays. When they have to pay the claim is when they like to get all funny with what is 'storm' damage or 'wind' damage, or 'water' damage. You get the picture.

    Good luck with that !!!!!!

    May 21, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. buongiorno

    just a day or so ago they reported seeing sun flares and they were quite large i know its the season for tornadoes but may the sun flares and the tornadoe are linked they do create earthquakes besides or things the scientist say

    May 21, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. just askin

    where were the government resources for the americans in benghazi mr. president??? where were they? where were you? i'm getting sick and tired of all these obama photos making him look concerned and compassionate when he didn't give hoot about the people that needed him in benghazi. this clown is nothing but a pr machine.

    May 21, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Disasters everywhere you look it seems like.
    Hurricane Sandy beating the hell out of my NYC and New Jersey was an aberration.
    Here in the DC Metro area we're experiencing earthquakes for pete's sakes.
    It is no longer just tornado alley, the West coast, and Florida getting their respective share of natural disasters, we're ALL getting a taste of what it feels like to NEED our government's assistance and one another to make it through extremely trying times.
    You'd think some people would pause, reflect, and finally get a clue.
    Sooner or later we're going to need each other.
    Please stop the hate and the hating.

    May 21, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    @just askin – where were the government resources for the americans in benghazi mr. president???
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    Perhaps you should ask that of your Republicant buddies in the House?? You know, the ones that cut the funding for security is such locations. The same group of people that mysteriously (and suddenly) passed legislation to INCREASE that same budget just a week or two a go.. inconvenient truth.
    Suck it up buster.. we got another 3.5 years of glorious photo ops coming up.

    May 21, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. just sayin

    The REAL Truth...
    @just askin – where were the government resources for the americans in benghazi mr. president???
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    Perhaps you should ask that of your Republicant buddies in the House??
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    they were not the ones that gave the orders to stand down and not go to the aid of those people. there were people ready willing and able to go to their aid but were prevented from doing so. when is obama going to release the pictures of him sleeping soundly in his bed as those 4 americans were fighting for their lives and dying? when mr. president? when are you going to come clean on the massive incompetence of the obama administration that got 4 americans killed?

    May 21, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The same group of people that mysteriously (and suddenly) passed legislation to INCREASE that same budget just a week or two a go.. inconvenient truth
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    I was aware that the President had included that in his budget request, and I was also aware that he had pointedly asked for them to approve this budget item last week. I was not aware however that they had finally approved it.
    If ever there was a silent yet irrevocable admission of guilt from those that felt most responsible for the four deaths in Benghazi I believe that came in the form of that vote of approval for a budget request that they had summarily dismissed as unnecessary prior to the deaths of 4 Americans.
    IMO.

    May 21, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. charlie

    I agree with the above comment. why didn't they use their big bad guns to protect themselves from the tornadoes? And why expect big gubment to help u now? It looks a bit different when u need the help.

    May 21, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. just sayin

    charlie
    I agree with the above comment. why didn't they use their big bad guns to protect themselves from the tornadoes? And why expect big gubment to help u now? It looks a bit different when u need the help.
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    i'm sure the good people of oklahoma would do quite well on their own but they are also good law abiding citizens that pay their federal taxes. as they are good people, they would never consider withholding all of the food they produce from the large urban areas of this country. they way many of you leftists denegrate these people, maybe it is time they kept all their food to themselves, or sold it to nicer people like the chinese. it might be time for you urban dwellers to experience a bit of hunger so that you appreciate all the rural folks that make sure you don't go to bed hungry every night.

    May 21, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. geggyg

    @ sean
    Yes this what insurance should be for , but in some areas insurance companies may deem some houses too high risk to insure, or charge exorbitant premiums many people cant afford some up to $10,000 or more . Here in Australia , the state of Queensland has had 2 major , widespread flood events in 2 years , some areas that had never had a recorded flood , but were flooded on both these occasions , most of the insurance companies still insuring those areas are charging at least $10,000 ( not many people can afford that sort of flood premium ). I live in Brisbane and our area wasnt flooded ( we are on high ground above the local river) , but the area suffered wind damage , our neighbours premium went from $1,400 to over $4,000 for storm coverage in her premium , she is a pensioner so had to drop the storm damage from the premium because she couldn't afford it , luckily our premium only went by about $500 a year so we could afford it . Insurance isn't always the affordable panacea many people think .

    May 21, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    they were not the ones that gave the orders to stand down and not go to the aid of those people. there were people ready willing and able to go to their aid but were prevented from doing so.
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    They were the ones who gave the order to evacuate the premises. What were the folks on the groun supposed to do against the 30+ attackers for couple of hours it would taken for those four guys to show up? Play hide and seek, or get the H out?

    May 21, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    they were not the ones that gave the orders to stand down and not go to the aid of those people. there were people ready willing and able to go to their aid but were prevented from doing so.
    -----–
    They were the ones who gave the order to evacuate the premises. What were the folks on the groun supposed to do against the 30+ attackers for couple of hours it would taken for those four guys to show up? Play hide and seek, or get the H out?
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    Save yourself the effort, Rudy. This mook has read too many Tom Clancey novels to have any grasp of reality.

    May 21, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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