The agency had already been putting boots on the ground in Oklahoma as early as Sunday when the state suffered the first of a wave of deadly tornadoes. It has since brought in rescue teams from Texas, Nebraska, and Tennessee.
On Monday, the president declared the counties of Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie disaster areas, making federal funds available for recovery efforts.
"We very much appreciate the support and quick action of President Obama in approving Oklahoma's request for federal disaster assistance in the wake of today's devastating storms," said Governor Mary Fallin in press conference Tuesday.
FEMA said it will make the following assistance available to victims of the storm:
Those who need help can register at www.DisasterAssistance.gov to begin the process or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Applicants should try to have documents in hand like their insurance policies and an outline of their losses.