Oklahoma Opens Renovated Emergency Operations Center

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and state leaders including Gov. Brad Henry and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins took part in Wednesday's grand opening of the renovated State Emergency Operations Center in Oklahoma City. It is located 20 feet below ground level at the Capitol Complex. The 12,000-square-foot EOC was open to visitors during the day.

Renovation of the EOC began in April 2006 with a $1.9 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a $654,000 appropriation from the Oklahoma Legislature. Originally constructed in 1963 to ensure continuity of government in the event of a nuclear attack, the EOC is now the center of state resource management during disasters.

During the past two years, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management staffers have coordinated response-recovery efforts for 13 federal disaster declarations from a temporary EOC. "Unfortunately, our state has ample opportunity to use this center," Albert Ashwood, the Department of Emergency Management's director, said Wednesday. "In fact, since presidential disasters were first numbered in 1955, Oklahoma ranks fourth in total number and first per capita nationally in declarations."

Initially, the center has 22 workstations available, with additional stations available in the Liaison Room. A media center and Governor's Conference Room built to DHS standards are additional features, and the EOC includes a room for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation from which immediate visual information can be provided to emergency responders, according to the department.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue