Oklahoma Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Drought
OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin declared a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to extreme or exceptional drought conditions on Monday.
"Extreme heat and dry conditions continue to affect the entire state," Fallin said. "My administration will be ready to help provide whatever aid and assistance it can as Oklahoma communities work to cope with this drought."
The Executive Order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
Under the executive order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days. It can be amended at a later time based on conditions on the ground.
Due to drought, 47 Oklahoma counties have declared countywide burn bans.