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Oklahomans Urged to Be on Watch for Swine Flu

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is urging Oklahomans to be on alert for an unusual strain of swine influenza that has been confirmed in numerous states and several countries.  While as yet no cases have been confirmed in Oklahoma, neighboring states of Kansas and Texas have both reported cases and Oklahoma’s health officials believe increased surveillance will likely lead to confirmed cases in the state.  more

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Declares Public Health Emergency for Swine Flu

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration Sunday in response to recent human infections with a newly discovered swine influenza A (swine flu) virus.  The declaration will help HHS prepare for prevention and mitigation activities by enabling Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorizations of drugs, devices, or medical tests under certain circumstances.  more

Swine Flu Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Updated 4/26/2009  more

Fiscal Year 2009 Assistance to Firefigheters Grant Application Opens April 15th, Closes May 20, 2009. 

The Department of Homeland Security has posted the FY2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Guidance on the AFG Website. The application period is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Applications for these grants must be received by Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). more 

Statement By U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano On The Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism

The primary mission of this department is to prevent terrorist attacks on our nation. The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States. I was briefed on the general topic, which is one that struck a nerve as someone personally involved in the Timothy McVeigh prosecution. more 

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. more