Other Disaster Relief

 

Operation Haymaker was implemented on August 1, 1998, in response to severe drought conditions in southern Oklahoma. Under the project, the state paid to transport donated or purchased hay to those individuals who, because of the drought, did not have enough hay to sustain their livestock. The Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management coordinated the transportation missions as well as linked donated hay with farmers in need. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture staffed the "Hay Hotline" which took calls from individuals requesting help. Both the Oklahoma National Guard and private contractors provided transportation services.

The Legislature appropriated supplemental funds to the following agencies to restore funds they had provided on an emergency basis for Operation Haymaker: (SB 161)

  • $200,000 for the Department of Civil Emergency Management;

  • $500,000 for the Oklahoma Department of Health;

  • $100,000 for the Conservation Commission; and

  • $200,000 for the Department of Environmental Quality.

The Legislature approved a special appropriation of $571,000 to the Department for Agriculture to reimburse the U.S. Forest Service for fire suppression during the summer 1998. For several months, the state experienced one of the worst droughts and fire seasons on record. (HB 1565)

The Legislature appropriated $125,000 to the Department of Civil Emergency Management to match a federal grant for agency operations. (SB 124)

$18,000 was appropriated to the Department of Civil Emergency Management to double its annual contract with the Civil Air Patrol. The agency reimburses the volunteer patrol for costs incurred during search and rescue missions and disaster assistance. (SB 124)

 

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