(Washington, D.C.) — U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe says he is disappointed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied individual assistance for Oklahomans. FEMA informed Governor Brad Henry this week that the request for individual assistance was being denied. Inhofe released a statement from his Washington office regarding the decisions.

“Like Governor Henry and my fellow Oklahomans, I’m disappointed that FEMA has denied individual assistance to Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties ,” Senator Inhofe said. “This is not the first time FEMA’s actions have failed to live up to expectations, and my own family was without power for over a week. I have spoken with FEMA Director David Paulison, Governor Henry, Dan Boren and the OK Congressional Delegation to determine what further assistance may be available for our communities impacted by this devastating winter storm.

“I recently introduced legislation to remove FEMA from the Department of Homeland Security and return it to its pre-9/11 status as an independent agency led by a presidential appointee. While that legislation has yet to be enacted, I intend to continue working diligently to make FEMA more responsive and more efficient, creating an agency that will serve the American people to a level that is expected when these life changing events occur.”