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Oklahoma Emergency Management and HomelandSecurity Authorities Summarized
The Oklahoma legislature has enacted four statutes that address emergencymanagement issues: the Emergency
Response Act, the Emergency Management Actof 2003
the Emergency Response and Notification Act, and the Catastrophic HealthEmergency Powers Act. There are six entities with key responsibility during anemergency, including the governor and the state Emergency Management Agency.Financial aid to political subdivisions is given in the form of claims to federal fundsand state emergency accounts. Aid to individuals comes from state and federaldisaster relief funds. The Emergency Interim Executive and Judicial Succession Actprovides for succession of judiciary and other public offices in emergencies. TheEmergency Management Interim Legislative Succession Act provides for thecontinued operation of the legislature. Alternate locations for both the state seat of government and local seats of government are provided for in statute. Oklahomauses mutual aid agreements and the Emergency Management Assistance Compact tofacilitate the exchange of aid.This report is one of a series that profiles emergency management and homelandsecurity statutory authorities of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, theCommonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each profile identifies themore significant elements of state statutes, generally as codified. Congressionalreaders may wish to conduct further searches for related provisions using the Internetlink presented in the last section of this report. The National Conference of StateLegislatures provided primary research assistance in the development of theseprofiles under contract to the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Summaryinformation on all of the profiles is presented in CRS Report RL32287. This reportwill be updated as developments warrant.