President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

President says Oklahoma needs to get help right away in wake of tornado

President Barack Obama says he is instructing his disaster response team to get tornado victims in the southwest state of Oklahoma everything they need “right away.”

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he is instructing his disaster response team to get tornado victims in the southwest state of Oklahoma everything they need “right away.”

Obama calls the devastation that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs, quote, “one of the most destructive tornados in history,” even though he said the extent of the damage is still unknown.

Obama spoke Tuesday after a briefing on the latest developments from his disaster response team and as Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate was heading to Oklahoma.

Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

The president said there’s a long road of recovery ahead. But he said the victims won’t travel alone and will have the resources they need.