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The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against disasters and emergencies. The department maintains the State Emergency Operations Center which serves as a command center for reporting emergencies and coordinating state response activities. OEM delivers service to Oklahoma cities, towns and counties through the network of more than 400 local emergency managers.
OEM also maintains, regularly updates and exercises the State Emergency Operations Plan. The department provides funding and/or assistance to more than 400 local emergency management departments throughout the state.
Community Preparedness: For more effective response to a disaster, OEM helps plan, promote and conduct local, state and federal exercises to test response capability. The department also offers numerous training courses throughout the year.
Emergency Response: During emergencies, OEM coordinates state emergency operations including:
Disaster Recovery: Following a state or federal emergency or disaster declaration, OEM is responsible for providing quick and efficient delivery of state and federal aid to those affected by the event. This includes coordinating the efforts of federal, state, local, volunteer and private organizations to provide relief and establish disaster recovery centers. The agency conducts public information, administers individual and public assistance programs as well as disaster mitigation projects.
Hazard Mitigation: The mitigation program is available to local communities across the state to assist them with identifying and implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures before, during and after major disaster declarations. Communities are encouraged to work with the state mitigation officer to develop an ongoing program to identify hazards and decide the best way to reduce or eliminate them.
Before Disaster Strikes, OEM:
- Writes and updates comprehensive emergency plans.
When Disaster Strikes, OEM:
- Coordinates a fast, efficient and effective response by all state departments and agencies.
After Disaster Strikes, OEM:
- Supports and assists local governments with their recovery efforts.
History of the Department
OEM was created as the Department of Civil Defense by legislative action in 1951. Soon after its creation, the Civil Defense agency and the Department of Emergency Resources Management were combined into one unified disaster aid organization. Today, the department serves as the state's liaison with federal and local agencies on emergencies of all kinds. The department is located on the State Capitol Complex.
Table of Organization
The OEM director reports directly to the Governor. The department is structured to reflect the four phases of emergency management (Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation) and allow delivery of services through local emergency managers.
Director - Albert Ashwood
Q: How do I contact Oklahoma Emergency Management?
A: You can contact Oklahoma Emergency Management by phone Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 405.521.2481. Q: How many local emergency managers are there in Oklahoma?
A: There are nearly 400 local emergency managers in Oklahoma.
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