President Barack Obama will participate in a press conference discussing the Oklahoma tornado that has killed 51 with more deaths expected as rescue teams make their way through the rubble.
On Monday, Obama declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has already deployed an Incident Management Team to coordinate recovery and rescue efforts in the state. FEMA has also activated other offices to provide support for state-requested assistance. Federal funding will also be provided for recovery efforts within the state and the counties affected by the tornado, including Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties.
Obama called Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to discuss the tornado and the rescue efforts. According to the readout, Obama “made clear that his administration, through FEMA, stands ready to provide all available assistance as the governor’s team responds to the storm and that he has directed his team to ensure that they are providing available resources as the response unfolds.”
The city of Moore was directly hit by the tornado, and, for the counties affected, water and power remain a concern. On Twitter, Oklahoma City and the Red Cross have asked residents to limit outdoor water use in order to better help the affected areas. The social media accounts are also answering questions from residents, providing updates on searched addresses while directing the affected to available resources.
On Tuesday, Obama is planning to discuss the tornado with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the Associated Press reports. Obama also talked to Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oka., as his home is located in Moore. FEMA Director Craig Fugate is planning to go to Oklahoma on Tuesday to help coordinate federal resources and assist with the local recovery effort.
The live stream for Obama's press conference can be viewed below.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.