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Families and Children Encouraged to Get Ready for Emergencies By Taking Three Simple Steps
9/2/2009


September is National Preparedness Month in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) encourages families and children to get ready now for any type of emergency.
“Regardless of the type or size of the emergency, when it is happening to you, it is a very stressful time,” said Kerry Pettingill, Oklahoma Homeland Security Director.  “That’s why we are encouraging all Oklahomans to take a few minutes now – before an emergency occurs – to get prepared.  It’s easy to do and can only ease the anxiety when a crisis is affecting your family.”
To get prepared for emergencies, Oklahomans should do three simple steps:

1. Get a Kit of emergency supplies.
Have at least three days worth of emergency supplies for each family member including non-perishable food and water.

2. Make a Plan on how you and your family will respond to an emergency.
Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.

3. Be Informed about emergencies common to your area.
Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them.


For more information on each of the three steps listed above, log onto www.ready.ok.gov.
Additionally, OKOHS is encouraging Oklahoman’s to help their communities prepare for emergencies by volunteering.  There are a variety of opportunities to give back through the Oklahoma Citizen Corps Program.  To learn more log onto www.citizencorps.ok.gov.


National Preparedness Month is coordinated in Oklahoma by OKOHS with support and assistance from a strong coalition of state agencies, volunteer organizations and private sector partners including:
Radio Disney
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Redhawks
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM)
Oklahoma Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Oklahoma Citizen Corps
Ready Oklahoma


“I encourage you to make the time this month to get ready,” said Pettingill.  “Getting prepared for emergencies is a team effort and every Oklahoman is a member of the team.”
For more information on National Preparedness Month, contact Brook Arbeitman in the OKOHS at (405) 425-7293.

About OKOHS
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is the State Administrative 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.  OKOHS also manages the Ready Oklahoma campaign and the Oklahoma Citizen Corps Program which promote preparedness and volunteerism.
          
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