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Ready Oklahoma and Radio Disney Are Ready to “Rock Out”  Preparedness at SeptemberFest

The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) and Radio Disney are gearing up to promote family preparedness planning at the annual Septemberfest at the Governor’s Mansion on September 12, 2009.  Governor Henry proclaimed September National Preparedness Month across Oklahoma and is encouraging families to be proactive this month by getting ready.

“While government agencies make plans to help citizens in times of emergency and crisis, the first line of preparation must come at home,” said Gov. Henry.  “Time, energy and lives are saved when families take responsibility for their safety and well-being.”

September’s National Preparedness Month is an annual nationwide effort promoting the three simple steps Oklahomans should take to prepare for emergencies.

#1. Get a Kit of emergency supplies.

#2. Make a Plan on who you and your family will respond to an emergency.

#3. Be Informed about emergencies common to your area.

“Just a little preparation goes a long way when a disaster is threatening,” said Kerry Pettingill, Oklahoma Homeland Security Director.  “From tornadoes to ice storms, floods to fires – having a kit and family disaster plan can only ease the stress in those initial minutes and hours.”

OKOHS also encourages Oklahomans to help their communities get prepared by volunteering.  There are a variety of opportunities through Citizen Corps that allow volunteers to assist their local public safety agency(ies), which leads to safer, stronger and better prepared communities.

To help all Oklahomans get ready, OKOHS is teaming up with Radio Disney to highlight the importance of preparedness planning at Septemberfest.  Radio Disney will host fun and interactive games incorporating preparedness information for children in attendance.  There will also be a sing-along style concert, dance-off for the kids and a Preparedness Relay.  OKOHS will be nearby handing out free Ready Oklahoma promotional items.

OKOHS and Radio Disney will be located near the main gates to the Governor’s mansion off of N.E. 23rd Street.  A media availability with Director Pettingill is scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the OKOHS and Radio Disney location.

To find out more about Ready Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Citizen Corps Program go to or      

For more information on OKOHS’ and Radio Disney’s involvement in Septemberfest, contact Brook Arbeitman in the OKOHS at (405) 425-7293.  

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.

About Septemberfest
Septemberfest was started in 1997 by Friends of the Mansion, Inc., a non-profit organization to restore and preserve the Governor’s Mansion.  The mission of Septemberfest is a statewide festival providing an interactive opportunity for Oklahoma families and children to celebrate the state’s past, present and future heritage and many diverse cultures.

About Radio Disney
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, 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.