Situation Update 1
November 5, 2022
SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTS STATE
As a result of severe weather across the state on Friday, November 4, the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated. 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 Corporation Commission, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Insurance Department, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, National Weather Service, Oklahoma American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
Governor Kevin Stitt declared a State of Emergency Saturday for Bryan, Choctaw, Le Flore and McCurtain counties due to severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds that swept through southeastern Oklahoma Friday night.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed one storm-related fatality in Pickens.
The American Red Cross shelter at Bypass Church of Christ in Idabel had two occupants overnight. The shelter is located at 120 W. Lincoln Road in Idabel.
The Salvation Army is providing a Rapid Response Truck to distribute food in McCurtain County and will be providing food at the Idabel Shelter.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is providing meals and has chainsaw teams working in impacted neighborhoods.
Numerous other community organizations and businesses donated meals and bottled water.
Minuteman Disaster Response is assisting with volunteer management.
SUPPORT TO IMPACTED JURISDICTIONS
Search and rescue teams from Coal, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Wagoner counties responded to McCurtain County Friday night through Saturday morning. Pontotoc County Emergency Management Director provided additional technical assistance.
A drone team from Pottawatomie County and Lincoln County provided damage assessment support with Choctaw Nation Emergency Management in McCurtain and Choctaw counties Saturday.
A team of emergency managers from Southwest Oklahoma will assist Choctaw County Emergency Management with damage assessments on Sunday.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security personnel deployed to support county emergency managers beginning Friday night.
The Department of Environmental Quality is working with all impacted counties to identify debris sites.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports approximately 2,500 power outages in southeast Oklahoma.
RESIDENTS ASKED TO REPORT DAMAGE
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security continues to ask residents impacted by the Friday’s storms to report damages to their property at damage.ok.gov. Reporting damage helps local and state emergency managers better coordinate response and recovery efforts. Residents can report damage to homes or businesses through the online survey.
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.