Okmulgee County participates in statewide disaster exercise

Okmulgee County Emergency Management Director Tim Craighton talks with other agency representatives during the disaster exercise held Oct. 31 at the Okmulgee County Emergency Management office. (Jessie Brydges)

Okmulgee County joined numerous state and local emergency management agencies recently in an annual exercise to test emergency operations center functions during a major disaster. 

Local emergency managers across the state activated their operations centers for the exercise, working with other  response and voluntary agencies as they would during an actual event. Agencies worked through a series of fictional scenarios, including earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, and flooding designed to test their ability to communicate and coordinate response. 

Numerous organizations participated in the exercise, including Okmulgee County Emergency Management, OSUIT Emergency Management, Okmulgee Emergency Management, Okmulgee County Sherriff, Henryetta Fire, Okmulgee County EMS, Okfuskee County Emergency Management, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and others.

Additionally, the exercise tested all available types of disaster communications and resource request capabilities between city, county and state emergency management and provided emergency responders an opportunity to gain “hands on” experience with disaster response procedures.

The exercise was developed by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management in partnership with the Oklahoma National Guard’s Vigilant Guard exercise.


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