OKOHS Announces Map Your Neighborhood
New Initiative to Help Neighborhoods Prepare for Disasters
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security wants to help neighborhoods throughout the state get Red Dirt Ready with its new Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program—a guide to help neighbors join together and prepare for potential disasters in their area.
“The Map Your Neighborhood program is free to the public and the perfect opportunity for neighborhood associations, community groups or concerned citizens to plan ahead, work as a team, and be ready in the event of a disaster,” said Kerry Pettingill, Oklahoma Homeland Security director.
Developed by LuAn Johnson, PhD, with the State of Washington Emergency Management Division, the Map Your Neighborhood program assists participants in how to prepare for and what to do immediately following a disaster. By acting quickly and safely, residents may be able to minimize damage and protect or save lives. Activities include identifying locations of natural gas and propane tanks, becoming aware of individuals with special needs and learning a neighbor’s skill sets that might be beneficial in disaster response.
OKOHS will conduct Leaders Training Sessions throughout the year. During the Leaders Training Session, neighborhood representatives are taught how to share and implement the MYN program in their neighborhood or area. To learn more about the program and sign up, visit the ‘Your Neighborhood’ section at RedDirtReady.com or contact OKOHS at (405) 425-7296.