OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Dozens of emergency management
professionals want state lawmakers to support their disaster
About 100 emergency managers from across the state were at the
state Capitol Tuesday to emphasize the need for state disaster
Federal disaster declarations authorize the Federal Emergency
Management Agency to pay 75 percent of the recovery costs borne by
state and local governments for disaster recovery. The state is
obligated to pay 12.5 percent and local governments pay the rest.
But legislative appropriations to the state's Emergency Fund,
which pays the state's portion of disaster recovery costs, have not
kept up in recent years.
Oklahoma County emergency management director David Barnes says
Oklahoma is third in the nation in federal disaster declarations
behind California and Texas.