When a tornado devastated Moore, Okla., on May 20, the state was quick to organize a relief effort. One of the most important tools in this effort was the OKStrong website, launched in the wake of the disaster.
OKStrong was put together efficiently, according to Oklahoma CIO Alex Pettit. "As with anything done in a crisis, you don't keep track of how much you're putting into it at the time because you're just doing what you need to get done," said Pettit. "All of the infrastructure was already available to us," he added, explaining that the website runs off the same framework as OK.gov, the state's main web portal.
The public sector often deals with crisis management weeks, months and even years after an emergency strikes. FEMA’s Get Tech Ready Web page -- housed within Ready.gov -- is especially relevant in light of the mile-wide tornado that ripped through Oklahoma on Monday, May 20, forcing residents to scramble for aid and prompting the government to disseminate disaster news and relief.
Get Tech Ready instructs readers on how to use consumer technology and social media to prepare for and respond to an emergency. Local emergency management and community leaders can direct residents to the site for steps to take during and after a disaster like Oklahoma’s.
May was a difficult, heart wrenching month for the state of Oklahoma. The lives of at least 40 men, women and children were cut short by tornadoes that ripped through towns and cities. Hundreds were injured, some severely. Almost 4,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
In the wake of these terrible storms, we saw suffering and loss. But we also saw something else: an Oklahoma Spirit that would not be broken and would not be defeated.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin, in coordination with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, has established the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund to assist with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore and the May 19 tornado near Shawnee.
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