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This is sixth year for statewide severe weather preparedness campaign

Gov. Brad Henry today announced the kickoff of the McReady statewide severe weather preparedness campaign – a public-private partnership designed to prepare families and communities for emergencies and to increase awareness of severe weather threats.

City, county and state emergency management officials along with volunteer response agencies and associations joined corporate sponsors including McDonald’s and OG&E for the annual program’s official launch. This is the sixth year for the award-winning program to be delivered statewide.

“In Oklahoma, we’ve seen more than our share of destruction caused by tornadoes and severe weather,” said Gov. Henry. “But many of us have also learned that being prepared and knowing what to do before the storm hits saves lives. That’s what this campaign is all about.”

The program features displays in more than 160 McDonald's restaurants throughout the state during the month of April – which the governor proclaimed McReady Oklahoma Family Preparedness Month. Informational materials focusing on floods, tornadoes, lightning, emergency preparedness and NOAA weather radios are available as part of the program. Customers will see severe-weather themed tray liners and drive-thru bag stuffers throughout the 30-day campaign. In addition to maintaining the displays, many emergency managers are holding events locally as part of McReady.

The preparedness message will also be delivered through the McReady Weather Safety Show at Oklahoma schools and on Sunday, April 5 during a special pre-game event in advance of the Thunder basketball game. The public is invited to join the McReady team at 5 p.m. on Sunday for the event hosted by OG&E Electric Services in front of the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

“We’ve known for years that preparedness is the key to saving lives when it comes to severe weather,” said Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM). “The McReady program allows us to drive the message home and better prepare individuals, families and entire communities.”

In addition to OEM and the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, McReady partners include the American Red Cross, DuPont, R.D. Flanagan & Associates, the Office of Gov. Brad Henry, Cox Radio, KOCO Channel 5, KOTV Channel 6, McDonald's Owners/Operators, MOROCH, National Weather Service, OG&E Electric Services, Oklahoma Citizen Corps, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association, The Oklahoman, Salvation Army, Tulsa Citizen Corps and Tulsa Partners Inc.
For a list of participating restaurant locations and on-line storm tips, visit Or, for more information, contact