Biden approves Oklahoma winter weather disaster request

February 18, 2021 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The White House announced Thursday that President Joe Biden has approved Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s request for a disaster declaration in response to a winter storm.

Biden on Wednesday approved the request made by Stitt after the storm dumped snow and ice on the state and brought days of subfreezing temperatures and power outages, according to the White House statement.

Stitt had declared a statewide emergency last Friday as the winter storm was approaching the state and has said he spoke by phone with Biden on Tuesday.


Biden’s approval allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and it allows for federal funding to reimburse cities, counties and tribes for the costs of emergency measures responding to the storm, including providing shelter for displaced residents.