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Situation Update

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Situation Update 1

December 5, 2013, 10:45 a.m.


Due to the approaching winter storm, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated today at 8 a.m. at Level 3 -- extended hours for key personnel. Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) are working with numerous emergency response, recovery partners and disaster relief agencies to take steps in advance of threatened impacts.

Roads are already slick and hazardous in some parts of the state. Numerous schools have canceled classes and evening activities today. Additional activities and events have been canceled as well. Stay tuned to local media for notification of cancellations.


OEM has worked with FEMA to preposition industrial size generators in the state. The generators will be used in the event shelters are needed due to stranded motorists or power outages. The generators will also be used to provide power to water treatment plants in the event of electric service disruptions. The FEMA generators will augment the industrial size generators OEM already has positioned around the state. Please note these generators are NOT for residential use.

OEM continues to receive updates from the National Weather Service and stands ready to assist local emergency managers, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other disaster relief agencies with resource needs.


Oklahomans are urged to take the steps now to prepare for the storm’s anticipated arrival. Once the storm arrives, please heed the recommendation of public safety and transportation officials regarding travel conditions.

Have A Plan:

  • Understand the hazards of wind chill. Cold temperatures are even more dangerous, and potentially deadly, when combined with strong winds. The lower the temperature and stronger the wind, the more at risk you are.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly. Make sure they are prepared.
  • Plan to bring pets inside during winter weather. Move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
  • Install and check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing and know how to shut off water valves if necessary.
  • Keep your gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

Make A Kit:

  • A cell phone with charger and a battery powered radio.
  • Windshield scraper, deicer, snow shovel and small broom for ice and snow removal.
  • Several blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Rain gear, warm coats and extra sets of dry clothing, mittens, socks and a cap.
  • Non-perishable snacks like dried fruit, nuts and other high energy “munchies.”
  • Several bottles of water. Eating snow will lower your body temperature so melt it first.
  • Sand or cat litter for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains.
  • Jumper cables, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit and brightly colored cloth to tie to antenna if you get stranded.

Stay Informed:

  • Know what National Weather Service winter storm watches and warnings mean.
  • A winter storm watch is a message indicating a winter storm is possible in your area.
  • A winter storm warning indicates a winter storm is occurring winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area and could threaten life and property.
  • Depend on your NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, along with local radio and television stations, for weather reports.


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