PICHER, OK – Early this morning, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) traveled to the site of last night’s tornado to assess the damage and ensure all resources and assistance is offered. He has spoken with the Director of FEMA, Mr. David Paulison, and has been assured that FEMA will be immediately available.
“Kay and I offer our deepest sympathies to the victims and those who suffered loss in this tragedy,” said Senator Inhofe. “I have visited the site and have seen firsthand the devastation wrought by this storm. I will work closely with Governor Henry and state emergency response to make sure Oklahoma has every resource it needs as quickly as possible to aid the residents of Picher.
“Additionally, I will work to ensure that relocation assistance that is presently being provided to these communities is not impeded due to this disaster”
During his visit, Senator Inhofe met with the Mayor of Picher and offered any additional assistance that may be needed. While on the ground, he traveled with Ed Keheley and John Sparkman, Director of Picher Housing Authority, to the homes hit by the storm.
Senator Inhofe is working with the FEMA Operations Center (FOC) as well the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and state officials to determine the scope of the damage and coordinate state and federal assistance.
“I want to thank all of the volunteers, emergency responders, and officials who have come together to help the residents of Picher,” said Senator Inhofe. “While the devastation from this storm is great, Oklahomans always come together to help their fellow citizens and I know this situation will be no different.”