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Catastrophic Health Emergency

The Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act was passed in 2004.  It required the creation of a response plan that included elements specific to a public health and medical emergency response.  The Act also requires the creation of a Planning Task Force that reconvenes yearly to review and if necessary, update the plan.  Although this Task Force has statutorily identified members, many other agencies have been invited to this planning process as advisors to ensure a comprehensive plan.

Click below to view the current Catastrophic Health Emergency Plan

Members and Advisors

Statutorily Named Members

Secretary of Health (Chair)
• Commissioner of Health or designee
• Director of Public Safety or designee
• State Attorney General or designee
• Administrative Director of the Courts or designee
• Director of Emergency Management or designee
• Senator appointed by President Pro Tempore
• Senator appointed by President Pro Tempore
• House Representative appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
• House Representative appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
• Director THD or designee
• Director OCCHD or designee
• State Fire Marshal
• Representative from OK State Bd of Medical Licensure & Supervision
• Representative from State Bd of Osteopathic Examiners
• Representative of the Governor appointed by the Governor
• Person representating a statewide organization of hospitals appointed by the Governor
• Representative of the OK Nurses Assoc.
• Representative of the OK Psychological Assoc.

Advisors/Partner Agencies

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
• Oklahoma Department of Human Services
• Metropolitan & Regional Medical Response Systems
• Oklahoma Board of Dentistry
• Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
• Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps
• Oklahoma Military Department
• Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
• Veteran’s Administration
• Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Emergency Preparedness and Response Service
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Ste 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Location:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102 

Phone: (405) 271-0900
Fax: (405) 271-5143

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