Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Situation Update 1
January 11, 2017 7 p.m.
STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER REMAINS ACTIVATED
With an ice storm warning and freezing rain advisory still in effect for much of the state, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains 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 Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma Insurance Department, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
A State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties remains in place. On Thursday, Governor Mary Fallin issued the declaration in advance of the winter storm. The Executive Order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
Crews from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are monitoring road conditions and applying salt and sand as needed to treat isolated slick areas on state highways and interstates in central, western and northeastern Oklahoma. Drivers should be alert to the potential for ice to develop, go slow and allow extra travel time.
When driving in dangerous winter weather conditions, motorists are asked to:
- Stay at least 200 feet behind road clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
- Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.
- Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.
- Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.
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 9-1-1 for emergencies.