Statewide Exercise Scheduled for Tuesday
Emergency Managers and Others Participating Across Oklahoma
On Tuesday, February 28, state and local emergency management agencies across Oklahoma will conduct an exercise to test emergency operations center functions during a major disaster.
The exercise was developed by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security.
Local emergency managers across the state will be activating their emergency operations centers for the exercise and will be working with other local response and voluntary agencies, as they would during an actual event. Agencies will work through a series of fictional scenarios, including wildfires, tornadoes and flooding, which will test their ability to communicate and coordinate response.
At the State Emergency Operations Center, numerous organizations will be participating in the exercise, including Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Military Department, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, National Weather Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army.
The exercise will also test the state’s readiness to respond to an emergency such as a tornado, and provide emergency responders with an opportunity to gain “hands on” experience with disaster response procedures.
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