OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Declaration of January 15, more than $2.5 million was provided to help Oklahomans affected by the severe winter storms that began on Jan. 12.
The emergency declaration covered all 77 counties in the State, and funding was quickly made available to coordinate disaster relief efforts to help alleviate hardship and suffering. The declaration also provided the opportunity for governments to recover 75 percent of costs they encountered in providing emergency measures to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety.
FEMA was authorized to identify, mobilize and provide equipment and resources necessary to assist those affected by the disaster:
- More than 1.3 million liters of bottled water were distributed to those affected by the severe storms.
- ;Sixty-six generators were issued to keep necessary facilities such as hospitals, shelters, food distribution sites, fire stations and water pumping stations online. Generator power was also used for fueling emergency vehicles.
Preliminary disaster assessments continue in the affected counties, and FEMA and the State continue to work together for Oklahomans affected by the storms.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.