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Governor extends State of Emergency to all 77 Oklahoma counties

Posted: 3:14 PM, May 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-24 17:27:06-04
Governor Stitt

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Governor Kevin Stitt amended an executive order to declare a State of Emergency for all 77 counties in Oklahoma impacted by flooding and severe storms.

“As severe weather and heavy rainfall has continued, numerous areas have experienced widespread, significant flooding, tornadoes, high winds, and large hail,” states a release from the Secretary of State’s office. “Damage assessments are ongoing and, in some areas, cannot be completed until floodwater recedes.”

The State of Emergency was originally signed on May 1 for 52 counties, then later extended to 14 more counties on May 8.

Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions to expedite the delivery of resources to local communities. It is also the first step in seeking federal assistance, should it be necessary.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is asking residents to report damage to their property to help local and state emergency managers better coordinate response and recovery efforts. Click here for details on how to report damage.

“Oklahoma officials also remind the public that the best way to support survivors of emergencies or disasters in Oklahoma is with cash donations to reputable voluntary organizations,” the release states. “Cash donations allow relief organizations or survivors to purchase what they need, when and where they need it.”

Click here for details on how to contribute to disaster relief in Oklahoma.

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