following news release was issued January 31, 2014, by Gov. Mary Fallin. In
it, Gov. Fallin announces that she has extended the emergency
declaration waiving federal hours of service restrictions on propane
transport and delivery drivers until March 2, 2014.
She also announces that she has ordered the Oklahoma Department of
Human Services to give priority status to requests for assistance from
families who use propane and that she has asked the Attorney General to
continue investigating reports of price gouging and adherence to the
state’s Emergency Price Stabilization Act.
Executive Order can be read in its entirety by clicking in the area
marked in the first sentence of the second paragraph. If you have
questions, feel free to give us a call.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2014
Governor Mary Fallin Orders Priority Status for Low-Income Propane Users, Extends Emergency
CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today ordered the Oklahoma Department of
Human Services (DHS) to give priority status to requests for assistance
from families who use propane as their primary or only source of heat.
Fallin issued an executive order (click here to read the order) instructing DHS to expedite applications for both the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Energy Crisis Assistance Program. The federal assistance
programs help low-income families with heating costs in the winter,
cooling costs in the summer and home insulation.
want to make sure we are making assistance available to Oklahomans who
are struggling to keep warm because of the high propane prices,” Fallin
said. “Many Oklahoma residents depend on the use of propane for survival
during the winter months and the effects of the shortage are being felt
throughout the state.”
in cooperation with the federal government, provides seasonal
assistance to low-income households to assist with winter heating bills
and to provide help for some families who have received utility cut-off
notices. In order to qualify, persons must be Oklahoma residents and
must need financial assistance for home energy costs.
also ordered DHS Director Ed Lake to open the Energy Crisis Assistance
application period immediately for qualifying individuals and families
who depend on propane for heat. The Energy Crisis Assistance application
period was not scheduled to open until March.
order also asks the attorney general to continue investigating reports
of price gouging, as defined by the Oklahoma Emergency Price
Stabilization Act. Her order requests the attorney general “to take and
any all steps necessary to ensure that no one doing business in this
State is violating the Act and that those who choose to violate the Act
are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
is commonly used for heating homes in rural areas not served by natural
gas. There are approximately 400,000 propane consumers in Oklahoma.
What can Oklahomans can do to cope with high propane costs and frigid temperatures?
Apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP offers assistance to low-income families with heating costs.
Governor Fallin has ordered DHS to give priority status to LIHEAP
applicants who use propane as their primary or only source of heating.
To apply, call (405) 521-3444; Monday - Friday.
2-1-1 is a non-emergency service that can provide assistance or
referrals to individuals who need help. For more information click here: http://www.211oklahoma.org/about-2-1-1/
Seek shelter at faith-based centers. Governor Fallin has asked the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and other faith-based facilities to help provide shelter to those in need.
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