February 7, 2021 Winter Weather Event Situation Update 6
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Situation Update 6
February 18, 2021 5:00 p.m.
WINTER STORM IMPACTING STATE
Oklahoma State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated until 6 p.m. today, February 18. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (ODEMHS) 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 Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma Insurance Department, Oklahoma Management and Enterprise Services, Oklahoma State Department of Education, National Weather Service, Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and others.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
A State of Emergency remains in effect for all 77 counties. The Executive Order also temporarily suspends requirements for size and weights permits of oversized vehicles transporting materials and supplies used for emergency relief and power restoration. A second executive order in place suspends certain regulations for truck drivers transporting propane into the state.
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION APPROVED
Governor Kevin Stitt today announced that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has approved his request to declare a federal disaster exists in all 77 Oklahoma counties due to the historic winter storm.
As requested by the governor, the federal government will provide reimbursement for emergency protective measures for mass care and sheltering as well as direct federal assistance to state and local agencies at 75% federal cost share. Direct Federal Assistance may include technical assistance for water system repairs or commodities for shelters.
DISASTER RELIEF AVAILABLE FOR OKLAHOMA RANCHERS
Additional resources for farmers, ranchers and communities are available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Indemnity Program, which provides assistance payments equal to 75% of average fair market value for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management.
For 2021 livestock losses, you must file a notice within 30 calendar days of when the loss is first apparent. Additional information is available on the USDA website or by contacting the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry at 405.742.1130.
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 590 injuries have been reported by area hospitals since Sunday, February 14.
- 27 cut or pierce
- 428 slip or fall
- 11 poisoning
- 19 struck by or against
- 60 transportation related
- 45 other
SHELTERS AND WARMING STATIONS
Fourteen shelters are open for overnight stays:
- Rose Stone Inn, 120 S. 3rd Street, Ponca City
- Neighborhood Hope Dealers/Hope House, 1916 E Perkins, Guthrie
- Tulsa Day Center, 415 W Archer St, Tulsa (full)
- Tahlequah Police Department, 100 Phoenix Ave, Tahlequah
- Cheyenne & Arapaho Community Center, 132 E Main, Geary
- Cheyenne & Arapaho Community Center, 207 W Jefferson, Canton
- Cheyenne & Arapaho Community Center, 407 N Main, Seiling
- Cheyenne & Arapaho Community Center, 2015 Dog Patch Road, Clinton
- Salvation Army Facility, 200 E 9th St, Shawnee
- The Sapulpa Elks Lodge, 24 S Poplar St, Sapulpa
- New Hope Church, 2020 E Rockdale Rd, Miami
- Mission of Hope, 1804 S Perkins Rd, Stillwater
- Pivot Inc, 201 NE 50th St, Oklahoma City
- First Christian Church, 2602 S Elm Pl, Broken Arrow
Five warming centers are open during the day:
- Checotah Senior Activity Center, 611 N. Broadway Street, Checotah
- Red Andrews Municipal Gymnasium, 720 NW 8th Street, Oklahoma City
- United Church, 103 N Johnson Ave, Wagoner
- Central Park Community Center, 1500 S Main St, Broken Arrow
- Crossroads Church, 32145 E County Road 1570, Pauls Valley
More than 300 people used the shelters and warming centers yesterday.
WATER SYSTEM IMPACTS
Emergency managers in more than 25 jurisdictions have reported damage to water lines at water supply facilities across the state. Water usage overnight night was almost three times normal usage in some cities, including Oklahoma City.
Many areas may experience low water pressure or no water pressure until repairs can be made. Residents can help using water wisely and protecting water lines:
- Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate
- With temperatures rising, only drip indoor faucets that are on exterior walls
- Know where your water shutoff is in case of emergency and promptly fix leaks
- Take shorter showers
- Avoid using appliances like washers and dishwashers that have high water usage
- Turn off water while brushing teeth
- Make sure sprinklers and other automatic water features are off
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality recommends if someone has extremely low water pressure or total water loss, it is important that they notify their water service provider as quickly as possible and follow these recommendations:
- Once the water comes back on, flush the water for five minutes or until fresh, clear water comes out of the tap.
- Boil the water at a hard, rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, drinking, use in food preparation (including baby formula), brushing teeth, making ice, wound care, and bathing infants who may ingest the water, or use another drinking water source such as bottled water until the tap water is safe to drink again.
- It is recommended to continue boiling the water (or use bottled water) for at least 72 hours or until your water system says the water is safe to drink again, whichever comes later.
No significant power outages to report.
Highway conditions have improved Thursday thanks to sunshine; however, slick spots on roadways persist due to very low temperatures. Motorists should not become complacent on these stretches of highway as intermittent slick patches are still present and black ice can form as temperatures remain below freezing.
While the driving lanes of most highways are clear at this time, drivers should be alert to some remaining snow-packed shoulders, on- and off-ramps, and turn lanes.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reports they responded to 214 non-injury collisions, 70 injury collisions, and 908 motorist assists from February 14-16.
To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call ODOT's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 844-465-4997 or go to www.okroads.org. For turnpike information, call the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 877-403-7623 or go to www.pikepass.com.
STAY OFF FROZEN PONDS AND LAKES
Officials continue to encourage individuals to stay off of frozen bodies of water. People should always consider iced over ponds and lakes dangerous. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the hazards of falling through frozen lakes and ponds. Dog owners should not throw sticks or balls on the ice.
PRICE GOUGING STATUTE IN EFFECT STATEWIDE
Attorney General Mike Hunter reminds Oklahomans looking to do business in the state that the price gouging statute is in effect statewide with the ongoing state of emergency due to the winter weather that continues to impact the state.
The price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent for the price of goods and services after a declared emergency. Additionally, the act allows the attorney general to pursue charges against individuals or businesses that engage in price gouging.
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.