President Barack Obama visits visits the Center for Urban Families on May 17, 2013 in Baltimore, Md. (Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will be meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, on Tuesday before delivering a statement on the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday.
President Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. The president also spoke Monday with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Rep. Tom Cole, whose home is in the heavily damaged town of Moore.
The White House says President Obama told Cole that the American people stand behind Oklahomans as they recover from the disaster.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate is heading to Oklahoma on Tuesday to ensure that federal resources are being properly deployed.