Disaster information website passes House
OKLAHOMA CITY—A new bill that passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives could help get information to your family faster in case of an emergency.
House Bill 2231 creates a website with disaster recovery information that would allow citizens to document local damage.
“Disaster recovery and assistance is extremely important in Oklahoma with the severity of the weather we often face,” said Rep. Joe Dorman. “Making sure the proper information is distributed quickly and accurately to people in need is one of the most crucial issues we face during these pressure situations.”
Dorman says his experience responding to storms in his district is behind the legislation.
“I was fortunate enough to be trapped in a spot where I had phone and Internet access, so I posted information I received from the Office of Emergency Management, electric cooperatives, the Red Cross and others involved in disaster recovery efforts,” Dorman said. “It was amazing how many people signed up on my Facebook and Twitter accounts just to get information on the location of shelters, estimates on when power would be restored and ways to assist others in need. This led me to research what other states do to distribute disaster recovery information and, ultimately, file this legislation.”
The website would have a state map allowing individuals to click on their county to get more information.
HB 2231 now advances to the state Senate.