At a Glance
  • State Population: 4,019,800
  • Local Health Departments: 70
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Severe Winter Storms, Wildfires
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $7,950,479
    FY 2021: $7,910,584
    FY 2020: $7,742,012
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding
    Mpox 2023 funding: $437,893
    COVID-19 2021 funding: $23,036,076
    COVID-19 2020 funding: $6,924,231
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 3
  • Laboratorians: 2
  • Planners: 14
  • Other: 18*

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

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Medical Material Management and Distribution
  2. Emergency Operations Coordination
  3. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  4. Community Preparedness
  5. Public Health Laboratory Testing
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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