A news conference will be held on Thursday, September 22 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Room in the Oklahoma State Capitol Building to announce an initiative to provide Oklahomans, living and working in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas, with information how to best prepare for and respond to impending wildfires in the state.
As drought conditions persist in Oklahoma, firefighters have reported daily calls for wildfire-related emergencies. Statewide hundreds of homes have been damaged and destroyed this summer, and at least five deaths are linked to the blazes that have broken out across the state, stretching firefighting resources thin and sending residents fleeing their homes. It is important to note that the majority of the fire departments in the affected areas of the state are staffed by volunteers. Millions of dollars in insured losses also have been reported, according to the Oklahoma Department of Insurance.
Those scheduled to speak at this event include:
- Insurance Commissioner John Doak
- Assistant State Fire Marshal JoAnne Sellars
- Norman Fire Chief James Fullingim
- Assistant Director of Oklahoma Forestry Service Mark Goeller
This effort to help Oklahomans be as ready as possible when wildfires threaten is a public-private partnership including the government, public safety, fire protection and insurance organizations listed below:
- Oklahoma Department of Insurance
- Oklahoma Forestry Services
- Oklahoma State Fire Marshal
- Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma
- American Insurance Association
- Farmers Insurance
- Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
- International Association of Fire Chiefs
- Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
- Southwestern Insurance Information Institute
Space for this event is limited. Please RSVP to Joseph King, 813-675-1045 / 813-442-2845 OR contact via E-Mail @ [email protected].