Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Situation Update 7
June 6, 2013 – 6:50 p.m.
SEVERE WEATHER CONTINUES TO IMPACT STATE
Oklahoma continues to deal with the impacts of a deadly severe weather system that, since May 28, has brought tornadoes, including a record breaking EF-5 tornado, destructive hail, destructive wind and flash flooding.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) remains in contact with emergency managers in the affected areas across the state. OEM continues to coordinate recovery efforts with the following agencies and organizations: Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
The forecast calls for warm and dry conditions Thursday evening through Friday. Another chance of rain is possible Saturday into Sunday.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
A State of Emergency, as declared by Governor Mary Fallin, remains in effect for 41 counties impacted by severe weather that began on May 18. The counties included in the state of emergency are: Adair, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Hughes, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
Damage sustained from the tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, damaging hail and severe storms that began on May 29 is not included in the Presidential Disaster Declaration already in place from storms earlier in May. However, anyone impacted by these latest storms may report their damage by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362. This will help OEM and FEMA ensure all areas of damage from this latest round of storms are identified and documented and will help bolster the case for a new disaster declaration.
When individuals and business owners provide details of severe storm damage to FEMA, that information will be recorded and stored where it will be easily available if a disaster is declared for storms beginning May 29. Callers will receive a letter from FEMA within 10 business days verifying that their information has been processed.
FATALITIES AND INJURIES
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirms 20 fatalities from Friday night’s storms. The victims include 7 children and 13 adults. In addition to the age and gender, the location where the victim was found is included for each of the fatalities.
67-year-old male, Union City
55-year-old male, El Reno
45-year-old male, El Reno
35-year-old male, El Reno
26-year-old female, Oklahoma City
1-year-old boy, Oklahoma City
3-year-old boy, Oklahoma City
32-year-old male, Union City
24-year-old male, El Reno
34-year-old female, Oklahoma City
33-year-old male, Oklahoma City
8-year-old boy, Oklahoma City
4-year-old boy, Oklahoma City
4-year-old boy, Oklahoma City
7-year-old female, Oklahoma City
21-year-old male, Oklahoma City
65-year-old male, Luther
40-year-old female, Wewoka
79-year-old female, Clearview
Unidentified female child, Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 121 injuries were treated by Oklahoma City area hospitals as a result of Friday’s storms.
Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration and local emergency management continue to assess damage in the counties affected by the latest round of severe storms in order to determine the unmet financial needs of those whose homes and businesses sustained damage. Assessments are ongoing.
MULTI-AGENCY RESOURCE CENTER
A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) remains open in El Reno as a one-stop resource center for those impacted by the recent tornadoes, flooding, straight line winds and severe storms. American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, other volunteer agencies, churches, and community organizations are available at this location with resources and information available to aid in recovery. The center is located at Jenks Simmons Field House at 211 N Country Club Road in El Reno. The hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
The American Red Cross reports the following shelters remain open. The shelters housed 106 people overnight.
Edmond -- Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E. Memorial Road, Edmond
Midwest City -- Douglas Boulevard Methodist Church, 208 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City
Moore -- Moore Community Center, 301 S. Howard Ave., Moore
Oklahoma City -- Oklahoma City University, 2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City
Shawnee -- St. Gregory’s University, 1900 W. MacArthur Street, Shawnee
The Salvation Army reports they have mobilized and have relief efforts in the affected areas.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma Department of Transportation report some roads remain closed today in Cherokee, Leflore counties. US-62 (NE 23rd Street) is narrowed to one lane each direction in Midwest City between Sooner Road and Air Depot Blvd. until further notice due to damage from high water. Drivers are cautioned to heed warning signs and not drive around barricades.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation cleanup work and repair of damaged signs, cable barrier, fence and eroded areas will continue through the coming weeks.
To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports 1,088 homes and businesses without electric service.
Total Statewide: 1,088 – all in Metro OKC area
El Reno: 66
OKC E: 68
OKC N: 113
OKC S Central: 700
OKC W: 80
INFORMATION FOR PRIVATE WELL OWNERS
DEQ is offering free bacterial testing of private well water for those impacted by the recent disasters. Affected counties include: Adair, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Hughes, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
If your property was affected by the recent disasters, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recommends that you disinfect your well. Instructions on disinfection are available at http://www.deq.state.ok.us/disaster/dsinfctwtr.pdf.
If you choose to test your well, call 1-800-522-0206 to request a sample container and instruction on sampling. Additional information is available at http://www.deq.state.ok.us/csdnew/.
The best way to support survivors of severe storms and tornadoes in Oklahoma is by donating financial contributions to reputable voluntary organizations. At this time, cash is the most effective means of showing support. Cash donations allow nonprofit organizations to purchase what disaster survivors need. Buying from local businesses helps the economy recover.
Donations of used clothing, miscellaneous household items and mixed or perishable foodstuffs must be sorted, packaged, transported, warehoused and distributed. These tasks require disaster relief agencies to divert resources away from providing services, while the donated items may not meet disaster survivor needs.
FLOOD WATER AFTER A DISASTER
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is actively monitoring the situation from Riverside Mobile Home Park flooding in Midwest City. The health department is working closely with local municipalities to assist with public health issues if needed and offers the following tips.
When returning to your home after a flood, be aware that floodwater may contain sewage or other hazards. Protect yourself and your family by following these steps:
- Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup is completed.
- Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
- Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, wall coverings, and most paper products).
- Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or floodwaters.
- Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.
- Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers.
- After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before using).
- Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of teaspoon [~0.75 milliliters] of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use a solution of teaspoon (~1.5 milliliters) of household bleach per 1 gallon of water.
- Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill.
- If you are cut or have a puncture wound while working in the floodwater or with items that were exposed to the floodwater, be sure your tetanus immunization is up to date
- Be particularly careful to thoroughly disinfect surfaces that may come in contact with food, such as counter tops, pantry shelves, refrigerators, etc. Areas where small children play should also be carefully cleaned.
For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 911 for emergencies.
Next Situation Update: As conditions warrant