Gov. Mary Fallin today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for seven northeastern Oklahoma counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds that occurred earlier this week.
The declaration is for Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties.
The storms caused damage to homes and businesses Wednesday evening and injured seven people. Damage assessments are ongoing in the hardest-hit areas.
Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions.
Executive Order 2016-09 is in effect for 30 days, and could be amended to include additional counties, if needed.