THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 27, 2000
PRESIDENT DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS
IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of
Oklahoma and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery
efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding on October 21-29,
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected
individuals in Caddo and Grady Counties, and local governments in the
counties of Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Jefferson, Kiowa,
McClain, and Tillman.
Assistance can include disaster housing, grants, 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 also is available to eligible local governments on a
cost-sharing basis for the repair or replacement of public facilities
damaged by the severe storms and flooding. Federal funding is also
available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.
James L. Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), named Joe D. Bray as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal
recovery operations in the affected area.
The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and
additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.