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Ready Oklahoma and Radio Disney Rock the Tulsa Zoo for National Preparedness Month
9/18/2009

Ready Oklahoma and Radio Disney are giving Tulsa families the opportunity to “rock out” while getting prepared for emergencies this Saturday, Sept. 19th, at the Zoo’s Annual Enrichment Day. The event is in support of National Preparedness Month; part of the Ready Oklahoma campaign to encourage emergency preparedness sponsored by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS). This is the second year that OKOHS has teamed up with Tulsa’s own Radio Disney to promote family preparedness planning in the state.

During National Preparedness Month, Ready Oklahoma is asking families to take three simple steps to get ready 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.

“Oklahomans understand better than most that disasters can happen at any time and we just want every family to be as equipped as possible to deal with those threats whether they are weather-related, as we so often experience, or a terrorist act like the Oklahoma City Bombing,” says Kerry Pettingill, Director of Oklahoma Homeland Security.

Visitors to the zoo will find something for everyone including 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 handing out tons of free Ready Oklahoma promotional items.

“Families are going to have a great time this weekend, but they’re also going to learn valuable information that will help minimize the impact of a disaster by giving them the tools they need to take care of themselves,” said Pettingill.
Families can stop by and join the fun with OKOHS and Radio Disney from 1-3 this Saturday at the Tulsa Zoo. Director Pettingill will also be available for interviews during the event.

For questions about this and other National Preparedness Month events, please call Brook Arbeitman in the OKOHS at (405) 425-7293.

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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.

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 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.