Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Situation Update 3
March 26, 2015 - 2:10 p.m.
SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTS STATE
Due to severe weather conditions across Oklahoma, the State Emergency Operations Center is activated. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is in contact with emergency managers across the state and coordinating with agencies and organizations including the Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, National Weather Service, Oklahoma Office of Geographic Information, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Damage assessments in the impacted areas are ongoing.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
Governor Mary Fallin today declared a State of Emergency for 25 Oklahoma counties due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that began Wednesday. Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
The counties included in the declaration are: Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Creek, Garvin, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, Love, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington, and Washita.
INJURIES AND FATALITIES
Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports one fatality attributed to the storms.
Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reports 26 injuries attributed to the storms.
SHELTERS AND MASS CARE
American Red Cross reports two shelters are now open for those displaced by the storm in Tulsa County. Forty people stayed at the Sapulpa shelter overnight.
- Foundation Church, 7785 S. Highway 97 in Sapulpa
- Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 W. Admiral, Tulsa
The Salvation Army reports the Central Oklahoma Area Command mobile feeding unit (canteen) has been dispatched at the request of the City of Oklahoma City Emergency Manager. It will set up in southwest Oklahoma City. Additionally, the catering truck is being sent to Moore to assess the need for additional response. Snacks are being provided to responders as well as storm survivors. The Tulsa Area Command canteen has deployed to River Oaks Mobile Home Park in Sand Springs. They are working closely with emergency management and serving first responders and disaster survivors.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief reports their Rapid Assessment Teams are activated.
Residents in Moore and south Oklahoma City can request assistance with debris removal, minor repairs and minor roof tarping through Serve Moore at www.servemoore.com. Those who want to volunteer with clean up efforts can also sign up on the site. Serve Moore is a collaborative effort of local churches working for renewal in Moore and the surrounding areas.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports more than 11,000 outages are reported.
Approximately 5000 outages
Tulsa metro: 5,516
Osage County: 396
Rogers County: 158
Indian Electric - 120 Outages
Northeast Oklahoma Electric - 9
For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 911 for emergencies.