FEMA denies disaster assistance for tornado stricken areas in Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA CITY – FEMA has denied the state’s request for assistance to aid individuals and businesses in the tornado stricken areas in Oklahoma, according to Governor Mary Fallin.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent a letter to Gov. Fallin saying the tornadoes in Cleveland and Tulsa counties were not severe enough to require federal assistance.

The letter read in part:

Dear Governor Fallin:

This is in response to your April 1, 2015, request for a major disaster declaration for the State of Oklahoma as a result of tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of March 25-26, 2015.  You specifically requested Individual Assistance for Cleveland and Tulsa Counties and Hazard Mitigation statewide.

Based on our review of all of the information available, it has been determined that the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies.  Accordingly, we have determined that supplemental federal assistance is not necessary.

Therefore, I must inform you that your request for a major disaster declaration is denied.

The governor says she is disappointed in FEMA’s decision, but the state will continue to work to bring assistance to those affected by the storm.

Gov. Fallin says she is now requesting a disaster declaration for Tulsa and Cleveland counties through the U.S. Small Business Administration(SBA).


FEMA denies disaster assistance for tornado stricken areas in Oklahoma | KFOR.com.


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