President Obama: ‘Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma’

Posted on: 9:43 am, May 21, 2013, by , updated on: 09:44am, May 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C- President Barack Obama said he doesn’t yet know the “full extent” of the damage after a powerful tornado slammed central Oklahoma on Monday. “We don’t know both the human and economic losses that may have occurred,” he said Tuesday.

During a news conference Tuesday morning President Obama said, “Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away to recover from the powerful tornado.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes beginning May 18, 2013, and continuing.

The president’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties.

*Click here for continuing coverage of the aftermath in Moore.*

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties.

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  • Near SW 149 OKC/S 19th St. Moore at Santa Fe.

  • This was 2.4 in hail that came through Wynnewood, OK around 12:30am. The one my daughter has in her hand has an unusual image in the center. If you look closely, it is in the shape of a heart. This hail covered our yard and lasted about 7 mins

  • This was 2.4 in hail that came through Wynnewood, OK around 12:30am. The one my daughter has in her hand has an unusual image in the center. If you look closely, it is in the shape of a heart. This hail covered our yard and lasted about 7 mins

  • Hail Pick up from the ground 15-20 Minuets after falling. Newalla Oklahoma

  • Unnamed

  • Near SW 149 OKC/S 19th St. Moore at Santa Fe.

  • The sky over the Shawnee Air Port 5/20/2013

  • 164th & S Western

  • May 20th tornado

  • Flag among the wreckage- Victor Lee

  • pics from I-35 looking north

  • pics from I-35 looking north

  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood

  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood

  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood

  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood

  • Mother and son see their home for the first time

  • This is a quarter in the middle of the hail.

  • Unnamed

  • North Newcastle

  • North Newcastle

  • Heading south on Hwy 4 around hwy 37 red light. Listing to 101.9 - Meterologist was sending out extreme alert and I saw formation start to drop over bridge creek area. Very first of massive tornado that hit moore.

  • Damage in Moore

  • Lonely dog.

  • 5-20-13 storms

  • Unnamed

  • Taken from our drive way looking South and West just before we took cover in our storm shelter which is installed in our garage.

  • Chris Jones 134th & Penn- May 20

  • Wichita Falls, TX - May 20th, 2013

  • Ronny Long- May 20

  • Softball hail Susan Allen

  • Little Axe hail Mary Stinnett

  • Hail ice - Jesse Frost

  • Lots of big hailstone in Newalla, OK - this is one about 1/2 hour after storm hit..like the bike helmet in our attempt at safety!!!!

  • Bigger than golfball

  • Taken earlier from NW OKC by Robyn McLaren

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

Meanwhile, flags are expected to be lowered at the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday morning in honor of the tornado victims, House Speaker John Boehner said.

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