D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said Tuesday that the District will offer support to the Oklahoma communities reeling from “a storm of tragically historic proportions” that killed at least 24 people.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Oklahoma City and Moore, as well as to the residents of the District who have family members and other loved ones in the affected areas," Gray said in a statement. "The District of Columbia stands ready to help in any way we can in response to this disaster."

Citing the D.C. region's history of severe storms, including fatal tornadoes, Gray also urged residents to prepare for weather emergencies.

Tuesday was not the first time Gray issued a public statement supporting cities that sustained severe tornado damage. In April 2011, Gray spoke out after storms razed the South and killed more than 250 people.