Statewide Exercise Scheduled for Thursday
Emergency Managers and Partners Participating Across Oklahoma
On Thursday, November 15, 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.
Local emergency managers across the state will be activating their emergency operations centers for the exercise and will coordinate with other local response and voluntary agencies, as they would during an actual event. Agencies will work through a series of fictional scenarios, including tornadoes, flooding, ice storms, and a mass casualty event, 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 Office of Homeland Security, 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, the Salvation Army and others.
The exercise will also test all available types of disaster communications and resource request capabilities between city, county and state emergency management and provide emergency responders with an opportunity to gain “hands on” experience with disaster response procedures.