Governor Fallin Declares State of Emergency for Ottawa County
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Ottawa County following a tornado that struck Quapaw and killed at least one person.
Fallin says the tornado that struck around 5:30 p.m. Sunday also destroyed Quapaw's fire station and at least five businesses and other structures.
Quapaw Police Chief Gary Graham says 60 structures sustained damage of some sort. Assessments are continuing Monday.
Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions to deliver materials and supplies to needed jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance.
Fallin says the state is prepared to offer every resource available to assist with the cleanup, rebuilding and recovery. She is planning to tour the damage at 12 p.m. Monday.