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Red Dirt Ready Campaign Wins Nania Award
OKOHS Recognized for Promotion of Emergency Preparedness

Oklahoma City, Okla. (July 7, 2010)—The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) was honored for its Red Dirt Ready emergency preparedness initiative at the seventh annual Tulsa Partners Nania Awards banquet—an evening dedicated to recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations working in partnerships to build a disaster-resistant and sustainable community.

The Red Dirt Ready initiative received a corporate award for the campaign’s aim to increase citizen engagement in disaster safety and homeland security through Citizen Corps-related programs and public education and marketing.

“Our award nominating committee, was particularly pleased about this award nomination, because of a concern about the effects of ‘disaster amnesia,’” said Tim Lovell, executive director of Tulsa Partners. “Over time, even in a state like Oklahoma, people forget to be ready and resilient. This endeavor by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security to re-engage Oklahomans about the need to be prepared is to be applauded.”

Tulsa Partners is a non-profit organization dedicated to disaster preparedness in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area. The word “Nania” is Cherokee meaning, “all together.”

“We are honored to be recognized for our Red Dirt Ready campaign,” said Kerry Pettingill, Oklahoma Homeland Security director. “OKOHS strives to promote citizen and community emergency preparedness and Red Dirt Ready has been instrumental in bringing attention to the importance of preparedness. We thank Tulsa Partners for the award and look forward to continuing the Red Dirt Ready mission of helping prepare Oklahomans for any emergency.”

The awards banquet keynote speaker was Julie Rochman, president and CEO for the Institute for Business and Home Safety.

For more information about Red Dirt Ready, visit

About Red Dirt Ready
Red Dirt Ready is an OKOHS public emergency preparedness initiative supported by—a user-friendly website featuring helpful information in the areas of personal preparedness, volunteerism, youth education and neighborhood security. The Red Dirt Ready campaign is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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Red Dirt Ready - accepting Nania Award

OKOHS Chief of Staff, Melissa Houston, and Public Affairs Coordinator, Brook Arbeitman, accept the Nania Award from Tulsa Partners, Inc.  (June 29, 2010)