The City of Miami, Ottawa County, and other local agencies participated in a statewide Emergency Management exercise on November 13 in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM).
They gathered at the Ottawa County Emergency Operation Center (EOC), 123 E. Central Ave., and practiced a severe weather/tornado scenario. The day began with threatening storms developing over Kansas and moving into Oklahoma. The exercise included a tornado hitting Wyandotte and breaking the levee, children trapped in a tornado shelter, flooding in Miami and major highways, threats of toxic fumes, swarms of bees, and damage to a Native American Cemetery. Exercises like these are important to guarantee a fast, efficient and effective response from Emergency Management when disaster strikes.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against disasters and emergencies. The department maintains the State Emergency Operations Center which serves as a command center for reporting emergencies and coordinating state response activities. OEM delivers service to Oklahoma cities, towns and counties through the network of more than 400 local emergency managers.