THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
TEXT OF LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CLINTON TO FEMA DIRECTOR JAMES WITT
April 19, 1995
The Honorable James L. Witt
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Washington, D.C. 20472
Dear Mr. Witt:
I have determined that the explosion at the Federal courthouse in Oklahoma City, on April 19, 1995, in the state of Oklahoma is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency declaration under subsection 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Stafford Act). My decision to make this declaration pursuant to subsection 501(b) of the Stafford Act is based upon the fact that the explosion occurred at a Federally-owned courthouse. I, therefore, declare that such an emergency exists in the city of Oklahoma City in the state of Oklahoma.
In order to provide Federal assistance, you are hereby authorized to coordinate and direct other Federal agencies and fund activities not authorized under other Federal statutes and allocate from funds available for these purposes, such amounts as you find necessary for Federal emergency assistance and administrative expenses.
Pursuant to this emergency declaration, you are authorized to provide emergency assistance as you deem appropriate under Title V of the Stafford Act at 100 percent Federal funding.