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
5 years 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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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. RossOKC

    God Bless president Obama. I voted for you twice and wish you could run for a 3rd term.

    May 20, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Let's hope Sen Rand Paul and his fellow Republican/Tea Party politicians do not try to block disaster aid for Oklahoma.

    May 20, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  3. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    If your kids are under the ruble, the gop says rely on your local church ,not the goverment for help.kick these gop heartless bums and trash out of office!!!!!

    May 21, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  4. Thomas

    My heart goes out to those hit in Oklahoma .

    Americans help those in times of need !

    Thoughts and prayers !

    May 21, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  5. Patrick in Minnesota

    I'm just waiting for Republicans to blast Obama for sending aid to Oklahomans. I just know they will like they always do. Let's all pray that Oklahoma gets all the help they need.

    May 21, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. Dave

    That is great that there is a prompt response from the President to the people of Oklahoma.
    The events are disturbing and it is good that there will be prompt assistance.

    May 21, 2013 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  7. stars

    But these red states dont want help from the goverment. So let"s not force them to take funds. they can build without the goverment handout. right Mary.

    May 21, 2013 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  8. blue max

    gee... will house republicans subpoena obamas emails ....when did he know the storm was coming... why didnt he stop it in time...he is mismanaging the weather....tornado gate!

    May 21, 2013 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  9. DGreen

    Really, a Photo op while talking to Governor Fallin. This president is pathetic to make everything so political.

    May 21, 2013 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    God is showing something here. Leave the sin and racial stuff.

    May 21, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Another opportunity for the President and the country to show everyone that when disaster strikes we stand together as Americans and not divided by the repugs in congress.
    The 1999 tornado caused $1B in damage. This looks even worse and the death toll is higher,.

    May 21, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Will right wingnuts complain about federal assistance in this terrible tragedy and hold up the relief efforts like they did with Sandy? I know, they will say that people who live in OK should expect tornados, like people who live in the Gulf Coast region should expect hurricanes, and should not expect any federal help in the event of a natural disaster. After all, they can always move elsewhere.

    May 21, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  13. Name lynn

    The president step up an step out and done show out, president already have the funds for o victims. Rommey an the former president bushes wouldn have given the money like the president that fast. The bushes had to think about should we or should not, rommey says let the 49% stand for themself. Hates.

    May 21, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    It will be interesting to see if OK reps Brinestine and Mullins will vote against relief this time like they did with Sandy.

    May 21, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  15. Eddie B

    Amen a real prez. taking care of buisness. our prayers are with oklahoma

    May 21, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    My heart goes out to the people of Oklahoma.
    Category 4 tornadoe wrecking havoc with life and property.
    Thank God for our proactive President in the face of disaster.

    May 21, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    I can't wait to see the shrill Gov (who goes against EVERYTHING Obama wants) as she puts her hand out..."gimme gimme gimme. Big government bad.....gimme gimme gimme"

    May 21, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  18. Wake up People!

    First, my heart goes out to all affected by the storm but I still can't help but wonder what would they do without FEMA?? Another red state in need of a handout by the big, bad, commie federal gubment??

    May 21, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  19. PaulCat

    What esle will it take for these Governors to wake-up. Somebody is trying to tell you to STOP being stupid. Act like a human being and use your common sense. You know, like you use to.

    May 21, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  20. Wilson

    It is good Obama is making the effort. Politics should be put aside in crisis situations. I just hope FEMA learned their lessons from Katrina and respond better to present and future disasters.

    May 21, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Let's hope Republicans do pull a repeat of Hurricane Sandy. They're still fixing electrical llines and poles around here, and will be for some time to come. Some may never be repaired back to their original state, but upgraded to more modern and reliable equipement.

    May 21, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Oklahoma is a red state. Let's see if federal aid get's blocked in Congress. I'm dying to see that vote.

    May 21, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    sean asked:

    Isnt this what insurance is for?
    What's the matter? You've never heard of the National Flood Insurance program? There's probably quite a bit of infrastructure that needs to be repaired: overtime for emergency personnel; food and housing for relief workers damages to public properties; damages to the utility systems; etc. Your remark demonstrates selfishisness and a serious lack of compasion, foresight, and a true grasp of reality.

    May 21, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  24. Wake up People!

    And just think, they voted for Willard.....

    May 21, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People!

    First, my heart goes out to all affected by the storm but I still can't help but wonder what would they do without FEMA?? Another red state in need of a handout by the big, bad, commie federal gubment??
    Please get out of my head!!

    May 21, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
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