At a Glance
  • State Population: 3,943,079
  • Local Health Departments: 70
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Severe Winter Storms, Wildfires
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic;  2015: Severe Storms & Flooding; 2014: Severe Winter Storm
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $7,910,584
    FY 2020: $7,742,012
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $23,036,076
    FY 2020: $6,924,231
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 3
  • Laboratorians: 5
  • Educator: 1
  • Health Professionals: 3
  • Other*: 27

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Community Preparedness
  2. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
  3. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  4. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  5. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration
Stories from the Field
Oklahoma Wildfires
PHEP Helps Oklahoma Coordinate Emergency Evacuations During Wildfires

In Oklahoma, PHEP supports planning and exercising for the rapid evacuation of patients from medical facilities (such as nursing homes, hospitals, and dialysis centers) in the event of an emergency. In 2018, a very dry winter and spring, coupled with high winds, led to an unusually active wildfire season. Several communities were in immediate danger and ordered to evacuate. The Oklahoma State Department of Health and its local health departments used the evacuation procedures exercised through PHEP support to quickly evacuate and safely relocate more than 200 patients with medical needs to other facilities and ensure continuity of care.

Image courtesy of Oklahoma State Department of Health
Oklahoma Flu
A Planned Exercise Supports a Real-World Event in Oklahoma

In September 2016, the Oklahoma State Health Department needed assistance distributing flu vaccines across the state. The state SNS team incorporated the vaccine distribution into its regularly scheduled MCM exercise.

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Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022, 09:20 AM