WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday assured the survivors of Oklahoma’s deadly tornado that the nation is “there for them” and that the government will keep its focus on the rescue effort as long as is needed.
As emergency workers worked to find survivors amid the rubble in Oklahoma City and its suburbs, Obama said he has dispatched top officials to the region and directed his advisors to do all they can to help.
“Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away,” Obama said in a morning statement at the White House.
The country will “stand with our citizens as long as it takes,” Obama said.
Authorities in the suburb of Moore, Okla., are still trying to figure out the full extent of the devastation. At least 24 people have died. The count is expected to rise as the search efforts continue. The region faces the risk of more tornadoes on Tuesday.
Obama was briefed by top advisors Tuesday morning on the response and on the threat of more storms to come. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Vice President Joe Biden joined him for the statement to reporters on Tuesday morning.