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GOVERNOR HENRY ANNOUNCES OKLAHOMA TO RECEIVE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE IN WAKE OF HURRICANE KATRINA

09/06/2005

Oklahoma City -- At the request of Gov. Brad Henry, President Bush has approved a federal emergency declaration for the State of Oklahoma, the Governor announced today. The designation will bolster the state?s multi-pronged relief efforts helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"I thank President Bush for this declaration, which will help Oklahoma?s ability to provide aid for the thousands of evacuees directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina," Gov. Henry said.

"From the onset of this tragedy, Oklahomans have worked tirelessly and selflessly to do their part in relief efforts. The ?Oklahoma Standard? of helping those in need is alive and well, and I am exceedingly proud of the thousands of Oklahomans who are donating time, resources and talents to the massive tasks at hand. The federal disaster aid helps ensure assistance as Oklahomans continue doing everything we can."

Under the declaration, federal funds will be available to assist with housing and feeding expenses associated with hurricane evacuees who continue to arrive in Oklahoma. The declaration will also deliver funding to cover emergency protective measures, including overtime costs to local and state government supporting the arrival of the evacuees.

The Governor's announcement comes as nearly 1,500 displaced hurricane victims are housed at Camp Gruber and as many as 3,000 more are expected at Falls Creek, a Southern Baptist Convention of Oklahoma campground near Davis. The State of Oklahoma has not yet received official word on when the evacuees will arrive in Falls Creek.

Gov. Henry reminded all evacuees to apply for federal disaster assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Application can also be made at www.fema.gov. The assistance line is open 24-hours a day.

Fourteen states are now included in the emergency declarations, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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