(a) Reduction of services due to hazardous weather conditions. Based on authorization received from the
appropriate authority, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) may
reduce client services during hazardous weather conditions, per Oklahoma
Administrative Code 260:25-15-70 and 260:25-15-71, as well as clarification
from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services Human Capital Management
Division (HCM) Memorandum 16-01.
(1) DHS is responsible for maintaining its
essential functions and client services regardless of weather conditions. • 1
(2) Services provided by DHS hot lines,
institutions, shelters, and other residential care facilities are not reduced
during hazardous weather conditions.
(3) The Commissioner of Public Safety is the
appropriate authority for agencies and offices within the seven-county region
of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, which is Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln,
Logan, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie Counties.
(4) The DHS Director or designee is the
appropriate authority for DHS offices outside the seven-county region of the
Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
(b) Temporary office closings due
to imminent peril or other unsafe working conditions.
(1) A DHS office may be temporarily closed
because of an imminent peril threatening public health, safety, or welfare. • 2
(2) All or a portion of a DHS 24-hour
facility may be closed because of an imminent peril threatening the health,
safety, or welfare of residents. Residents are relocated to other facilities as
appropriate. • 2