State of emergency remains in effect after winter storm


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Updated: 12/13/2013 4:26 pm Published: 12/05/2013 10:55 am


The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management remains in contact with emergency managers in the affected areas and with disaster response, recovery agencies. A State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties remains in place.

All shelters and warming stations are now closed. The final shelter closed Thursday evening.

Baptist Disaster Relief continues to offer feeding services for residents in Hugo. Additionally, 12 Baptist Disaster Relief chainsaw teams from six states remain in Antlers and Hugo to assist families with trees blocking access to homes and driveways. Approximately 370 families have requested chainsaw assistance services.

The Office of the State Medical Examiner reports ten fatalities attributed to the winter storm beginning December 5. The full list is included below:

Unidentified male adult died following a propane stove fire in Westville, OK
18-year-old male died in a motor vehicle accident in Tulsa, OK
5-year-old male died in a motor vehicle accident in Muskogee, OK
6-year-old male died after falling through ice in a creek in Tulsa, OK
56-year-old male died after a fire in the home in Tulsa, OK
85-year-old male died in a motor vehicle accident in Oklahoma City, OK
43-year-old male died in Oklahoma City, OK (cause and manner pending)
75-year-old male died in a motor vehicle accident in Sapulpa, OK
75-year-old male died in Talihina, OK (cause and manner pending)
15-year-old male died in Claremore, OK (cause and manner pending)

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, more than 800 storm related injuries including 504 falls have been reported by area hospitals since December 5.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has responded to 327 non-injury and 107 injury weather-related collisions since December 5.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports more than 750 homes and businesses remain without power in the Choctaw Electric Cooperative service area in southeast Oklahoma.

Crews from Electric Cooperatives from across Oklahoma continue to assist in the restoration effort at Choctaw Electric Cooperative.

The Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General reports that Oklahoma’s Emergency Price Stabilization Act remains in effect for 77 Oklahoma counties due to the Governor’s State of Emergency. Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Oklahoma’s price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services when a state of emergency has been declared.

For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact 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.


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