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May 26th, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Disaster lessons learned

Staten Island's Rep. Michael Grimm and Joplin, Missouri's Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean give Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin advice on recovering from disaster.


May 26th, 2013
11:27 AM ET

Oklahoma Governor fears "red tape" will slow recovery

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she needs the president's help cutting through red tape to get disaster funds to Moore residents in the wake of the devastating tornado.

“Basically what I need is the ability to get through red tape, the ability to get the FEMA funds in here quickly and to get the services that our citizens need to help them recover through this terrible disaster.”

"This is a massive debris field. It's not just a couple blocks. It's miles. It's 17 miles long, almost a mile and a half wide. So it's not just a little area. There's a lot to be done here. A lot of businesses are closed, a lot of people without jobs just because their businesses are closed."

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