OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Less than a week after devastating tornadoes moved through the state, the White House has approved a request for federal disaster assistance.

Gov. Kevin Stitt submitted the request for federal disaster assistance on Sunday, April 23.

“I appreciate our partners in the White House for their quick response to assist Oklahoma as we rebuild the communities impacted by last week’s tornadoes and severe storms,” said Governor Stitt. “I am also grateful to the entire congressional delegation for their readiness to help, as well as all local and state officials who have been working tirelessly to aid and support their fellow Oklahomans during this time.”

Individuals and business owners in McClain and Pottawatomie counties who were impacted by the April 19 tornadoes and severe storms may qualify for disaster aid.

The assistance can help with housing repairs, or temporary housing, replace damaged property, or disaster expenses not covered by other programs.

We’re extremely grateful for the quick approval of federal disaster assistance for McClain County. This is an important step as we work together to rebuild and repair homes and businesses impacted by last week’s storms. I’ve been so touched by the strength and resiliency of local residents as they work to recover from this horrible storm, as well as the first responders, utility workers and many other volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help the victims.

Oklahomans are no stranger to adversity, but it never ceases to amaze me how our citizens come together in times of need. Residents in Cole and surrounding areas have a long road ahead of them, but it’s a relief to know that they have this federal assistance available to help them, along with the support of their fellow Oklahomans as they rebuild and recover.

Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan

We greatly appreciate the White House’s swift approval of this critical federal assistance as the citizens of Shawnee and surrounding areas work to put their lives and businesses back together. Work has been ongoing since Wednesday night to help victims and assess damage. Knowing that they can now apply for FEMA assistance to rebuild or repair their homes and businesses will provide much-needed peace for those who suffered loss during these horrific storms.

I strongly encourage local residents who sustained damage to apply for this disaster aid as soon as possible. My office continues to be available for anyone needing help securing basic necessities, such as food, clothing, or temporary housing, along with applying for this federal assistance. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with our neighbors as they work through this disaster. I also want to thank all of the first responders, local, state, and federal officials, and the many volunteers who have come to our county’s aid during this difficult time. It has been heartwarming to witness such generosity and compassion.

Sen. Shane Jett, R-Shawnee

To apply for disaster assistance, individuals may call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online at www.disasterassistance.gov.