President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin in the Oval Office, May 20. The president spoke with Gov. Fallin to express his concern for those who have been affected by the severe weather. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes beginning May 18 and continuing. The president's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.