Oklahoma Under State of Emergency Ahead of ‘Crippling’ Ice Storm
Governor Mary Fallin declares state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to approaching ice storm.
Because of severe winter weather predicted for our state, I've declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties. https://t.co/EoWnz9wY1I
— Governor Mary Fallin (@GovMaryFallin) January 12, 2017
The declaration came Thursday evening as the state prepares for a ‘crippling’ ice storm.
Ice storm warnings are in place for much of the state through the weekend where effects may be severe.
Some areas within the ice storm warning may receive up to an inch of ice, locally higher. An inch of ice is enough to result in widespread damage and power outages, potentially lasting several days. Residents are urged to prepare now by stocking up on necessities such as food, water and warm clothing.
— OK Emergency Mgmt (@okem) January 13, 2017
— Kurt Steiss (@kurtsteiss) January 13, 2017
A Midland weather radio will be a great resource for weather information should power be knocked out.
“Emergency personnel are coordinating with state and local officials to ensure we are prepared and ready for whatever comes our way,” said Gov. Mary Fallin.
The state of emergency allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness– it is also the first step toward seeking federal assistance.
Early Thursday afternoon, Fallin declared a disaster emergency for the entire state. This waives licensing requirements for vehicles bringing in materials and supplies used for storm relief.
Oklahoma has activated the state Emergency Operations Center, starting at 7 a.m. Friday. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working together to preposition industrial size generators around the state should emergency shelters need to open.
The Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Baptist Disaster Relief are standing by to assist with warming and feeding stations.
For WeatherNation– Meteorologist Nick Merianos