Oklahoma Declares State of Emergency Before Winter Storms

Thinkstock/iStock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in the state due to forecasted severe winter weather.

A statement issued by the Governor's Office on Thursday warned that the state could face "[w]inter storms, snow, freezing rain, ice, severe storms, tornadoes, straight line winds and flooding" over the next few days.

“Emergency personnel are coordinating with state and local officials to ensure we are prepared and ready for whatever comes our way,” Fallin said in the statement.

Thursday's order enables state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness, and will make it easier for the state to seek federal assistance if it becomes necessary.

Gov. Fallin also issued an executive order waiving licensing requirements for vehicles bringing in materials and supplies necessary for storm relief, such as food and fuel, and equipment necessary to keep electrical, water and communications systems operational.

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