President Clinton Declares an Emergency Exists in the State of Oklahoma
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For                            Immediate                            Release
December  28 , 2000

                           THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

     President  Clinton  today declared an emergency exists in the State of
Oklahoma  and  ordered  federal  aid to supplement state and local recovery
efforts in the area struck by a severe winter and ice storm on December 25,
2000, and continuing.

     President  Clinton's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster
relief  efforts  which  have  the  purpose  of alleviating the hardship and
suffering  caused  by the emergency on the local population, and to provide
appropriate  assistance  for  required emergency measures, authorized under
Title  V  of  the  Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public
health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the
counties  of  Atoka,  Bryan,  Carter,  Choctaw,  Cleveland,  Coal,  Garvin,
Haskell,  Hughes,  Johnston,  LeFlore,  Latimer,  Love,  Marshall, McClain,
McCurtain,  McIntosh,  Murray,  Muskogee,  Okfuskee,  Oklahoma,  Pittsburg,
Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Seminole, and Sequoyah.

     Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at
its  discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts
of the emergency.  Assistance for Debris removal (Category A) and emergency
protective  measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance will
be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

     James  L.  Witt,  Director  of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA),  named  C.  Michel  Butler  as the Federal Coordinating Officer for
Federal recovery operations in the affected area.


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