According to the Office of the Press Secretary, President Obama signed into effect a disaster declaration for the state of Oklahoma. The disaster declaration demanded federal aid for state and local recovery efforts to the areas affected by the Oklahoma tornado. The federal funding will be applied to the affected areas of Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently conducting damage surveys that may require additional forms of assistance due to the devastation. Contractors are needed to assist in the rebuilding of homes, schools and businesses. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and assured her that all available assistance will be given to her beloved state. By the orders of President Obama, FEMA is to stand ready and provide any and all aid in response to this natural disaster.
US Federal Contractor Registration is currently assisting businesses in their registration for System for Award Management (SAM). This registration is required for any businesses wishing to accept FEMA and any other government contracts. Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration has sent a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin expressing their deepest condolences. As well as offering all the government registration aid they can provide to contractors that would like to help with the tornado relief efforts. This is not the first time US Federal Contractor Registration (USFCR) has reached out to help in time of need. USFCR extended their hand to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey during the Hurricane Sandy crisis this past October and in turn they registered hundreds of contractors to help in the relief effort.