Oklahomans Encouraged to Plan for Emergencies During National Preparedness Month
Activities are taking place statewide promoting emergency preparedness to Oklahoma families
Oklahoma City - Governor Brad Henry has proclaimed September 2008 as National Preparedness Month in Oklahoma. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September that promotes three simple steps anyone can take to prepare for emergencies: 1) Get a Kit, 2) Make a Plan and 3) Be Informed. This year, the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is promoting a variety of family friendly activities in September that highlight the importance of preparedness planning.
"We think it is very important for Oklahomans to make themselves and their loved ones better prepared for emergencies," said Kerry Pettingill, Oklahoma Homeland Security Director. "No matter the size or scope of the disaster, having an emergency kit and a plan will make getting back on your feet easier. We hope to drive that point home this year by reaching out to the youth of our state and encouraging them to talk with their parents, grandparents, teachers and friends."
Oklahoma's National Preparedness Month activities will kickoff August 30, 2008 at the Tulsa Zoo's annual "Behaviors Gone Wild" enrichment day. OKOHS and Radio Disney are sponsoring the Kids Zone which will include dancing, singing, face painting and Disney Channel games. Lt. Governor Jari Askins will be at the zoo to help OKOHS handout Ready Oklahoma t-shirts, hats and other preparedness goodies (while supplies last). There will be a media availability with the Lt. Governor, Homeland Security Director and partner organizations at the Tulsa Zoo Amphitheatre at 1 p.m. on August 30.
"I'm pleased to be a part of National Preparedness Month," said Lt. Governor Askins.
"We in Oklahoma are all too familiar with disasters. Heeding the recommended advice and planning ahead of the storm can make all the difference between safety and injury."
National Preparedness Month is coordinated in Oklahoma by OKOHS with support and assistance from a strong coalition of state agencies, volunteer organizations and the private sector partners including:
- Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
- Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)
- Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM)
- Oklahoma Citizen Corps
- Radio Disney
- Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubs
"This is the 5th annual National Preparedness Month and each year we try to empower more and more Oklahomans to get prepared. We are able to reach more people than ever before and we could not do it without the help of our partners at the state level, volunteer organizations like the Medical Reserve Corps and this year, Wal-Mart. There is definitely a role for everyone in promoting preparedness and I cannot thank all of our partners enough for their support," said Pettingill.
Below is a list of additional National Preparedness Month activities taking place across the state between September and November:
- September 16, 2008 - Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City: OKOHS will be giving away Radio Flashlights to the first 2,000 fans through the gates at the AAA Championship game.
- September 19 - 21, 2008 - Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubs, statewide: Wal-Mart will host an Emergency Preparedness Weekend at 93 stores across the state. Each participating store will display emergency preparedness kits and provide preparedness information throughout the weekend. Radio Disney will host a 90 minute "Rock out with Radio Disney" show on September 19 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Coweta Supercenter and on September 20 from 2 - 3:30 at the Enid Supercenter.
- September 28, 2008 - Be Ready Sunday/Weekend, statewide: The Office of Faith Based Initiatives (www.faithlinksok.org) is encouraging faith-based organizations across the state to address the issues of emergency and disaster preparedness with their congregations the last weekend of September.
- October 18, 2008 - Paws in the Park, Riverwalk Crossing, Jenks: Being prepared to take care of your pets during a disaster is important, too. Come to Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks from 9 a.m .until noon for a family-fun event benefiting the Humane Society of Tulsa. In addition to learning valuable information on how to keep your pets safe during emergencies, you¿ll also enjoy pet contests, vendors and activities throughout the morning.
- November 1, 2008 - BOK Center, Tulsa: OKOHS will be giving away Radio Flashlights to the first 2,000 fans through the gates at the Tulsa Oilers game against Wichita.
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is the State Administering Agency (SAA) for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding. To date, the State of Oklahoma has been awarded more than $171 million in DHS grant funding.
The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is designed to bring together practicing and retired healthcare professionals from a diversity of fields, including physicians, nurses, hospital and public health workers, mental health experts, and other medical professions. Healthcare professionals and other community volunteers are recruited to help communities respond during disasters, emergencies, and/or terrorist attacks.
Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network's current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, Corbin Bleu, Taylor Swift, Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown, Aly & AJ, The Cheetah Girls, Colbie Caillat and Carrie Underwood. The network is available to 97% of the U.S. which includes over 50 terrestrial radio stations. It is also available via RadioDisney.com/Tulsa, XM and Sirius satellite radio, iTunes Radio Tuner, XM/DIRECTV and mobile phones. Radio Disney has a sister network in Latin America. Its brand extensions include multiple Radio Disney Jams CDs from Walt Disney Records and iTunes Music Store offerings.