More resources for individuals and communities
- Learn more about how different states are impacted by this and other types of flooding, and what you can do to help build flood resilience, by downloading the state factsheet.
- Regional Emergency Coordinators (RECs) build relationships with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officials and healthcare representatives to plan effective federal emergency response, and to facilitate coordinated preparedness and response activities for public health and medical emergencies.
- Find contact information for the Oklahoma Emergency Management Directors
- Watch this Oklahoma State video on water testing resources and how to disinfect a well once flood waters recede.
More information about the programs in this report
- The Oklahoma Water Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey collects high-quality data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on Oklahoma’s water resources.
- The Oklahoma Silver Jackets is a collaborative team comprised of key partners and stakeholders that provides hazard mitigation plans and conducts flooding assessments. This team is heavily engaged and is a standing member of the Oklahoma Hazard Mitigation Team through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Management Office.
|Between 2000 and 2018, 114 people died in Oklahoma floods and flash floods.1||Floods resulted in 23 presidential disaster declarations in Oklahoma between 2000 and 2018 – averaging to more than 1 declaration per year.2||Flooding is an immediate threat to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma County, OK and the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, OK.3|
|The U.S. Geological Service Water Science Centers fund and conduct water research and monitoring driven by state priorities.
Contact the Oklahoma offices:
Oklahoma City, OK: 405-810-4400
Tulsa, OK: 918-254-6651
Woodward, OK: 580-256-5031
Oklahoma is also home to NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, which supports research to improve severe weather forecasts.
Norman, OK: 405-325-3620
|The Oklahoma Water Science Center4 spent
between 2010 and 2019 on Oklahoma’s flood research and education priorities.
The National Severe Storms Laboratory5 spent
between 2016 and 2019, on flash flood research alone
- NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Storm Events Database. Available at: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/. (Accessed: 14th August 2019)
- OpenFEMA Dataset: Disaster Declarations Summaries – V1. OpenFEMA (2019). Available at: https://www.fema.gov/openfema-dataset-disaster-declarations-summaries-v1. (Accessed: 5th July 2019)
- US Department of Defense. Report on effects of a changing climate. (2019).
- Lewis, J; Oklahoma Water Science Center. Personal communication. (2019)
- Gourely, J; NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory. Personal communication. (2019).