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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Obama Approves FEMA Aid

Beyond a controversial appointment to Secretary of State and a bunch that weren't, it looks like the first real official move of Governor Fallin was to reach out to the federal government to receive federal money for...snow.  From the Newsok.com story:
Gov. Mary Fallin asked Wednesday for the federal government to approve an emergency disaster declaration request for the entire state. President Barack Obama took action on that request and authorized the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement state and local response efforts that have been affected by the winter storm.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency in all of the state's 77 counties. While no dollar amount was mentioned in the initial news release from FEMA, it did say that emergency protective measures will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.
I apologize for the link, above, making you suffer through Dave Morris' droll, dry and boring video commentary.  It's the Oklahoman's way to be "hip and happening."

Congrats to the State of Oklahoma working hard to no longer be a donor state.  And hat-tip to Governor Fallin who can now say that one of her first acts as Governor did, in fact, bring money to Oklahoma.