Federal Assistance Denied in Wake of Earthquakes
November 30, 2011
Governor Mary Fallin said today she is disappointed and frustrated that the White House has denied Oklahoma’s request for individual assistance for those hit hard by a series of earthquakes earlier this month.
The Governor said the state is considering all options for next steps, including a potential request for U.S. Small Business Administration assistance for homeowners and business owners. SBA is the first step in disaster assistance when individual assistance is declared. Read More
Governor Fallin Requests Federal Disaster Assistance in Wake of Oklahoma Earthquakes
November 22, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today requested a federal disaster declaration to help individuals, families and businesses in Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties recover from the impacts of a series of damaging earthquakes that began on November 5 and have been followed by more than 75 aftershocks. more
FEMA, FCC Announce Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The national test will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 9 a.m. (HAST) will last 30 seconds. Similar to local Emergency Alert System tests, this test is scheduled for November 9, 2011. more
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security encourages you to:
STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.
CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet e taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
For more info. on how to protect yourself and your family online, click here.
Governor Fallin, Emergency Management Officials Announce Safe Room Rebate Program
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin kicked off the Sooner Safe - Safe Room Rebate Program today during a news conference at the Oklahoma Capitol. With this announcement, more than $1 million in rebates were made available to Oklahoma homeowners for the construction of individual safe rooms and storm shelters. Officials anticipate the funding will help deliver about 500 safe rooms. - more -
Governor Fallin to Tour Homeland Security Response System at Septemberfest
Oklahoma City (September 9, 2011)—Governor Mary Fallin will tour the Oklahoma Regional Response System Saturday, Sept. 10, at the annual Septemberfest event at the Governor’s Mansion located east of Lincoln Blvd. on NE 23rd St. Click here for more info.
Governor Fallin Calls on Oklahomans to Get Prepared for Disaster During National Preparedness Month
Oklahoma City (September 7, 2011)—Governor Mary Fallin today issued a proclamation declaring the month of September, “National Preparedness Month”, marking the 10th anniversary of the awareness raising month sponsored by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS). more
Only 16 Days Until the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut
The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is a day of special events featuring one of the largest earthquake preparedness events in central U.S. history, organized to inspire central U.S. residents to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. The ShakeOut drill will occur in houses, businesses, and public spaces alike throughout the central U.S. at 10:15 a.m. on April 28, 2011. Free registration at www.ShakeOut.org/centralus will pledge an individual’s or group’s participation in this important preparedness event. Participants will receive information on how to prepare for the inevitable major earthquake in the region and what actions to take before, during, and after the shaking.
Get Ready for Flood Safety Awareness Week - March 14-18, 2011
Flooding is a coast to coast threat to the United States and its territories in all months of the year. National Flood Safety Awareness Week, from March 14 to 18 this year, is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save life and property. You can prepare yourself and help prepare your communities by educating yourself on the risks of flooding and the ways you can prepare and respond to flooding. Here are some resources to get you started: The Ready Campaign has a page dedicated to flood safety awareness at www.ready.gov/floodawareness. FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program has a variety of resources at www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/. Also, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a Flood Safety page at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov. The DHS Center for Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships will hold a National Flood Awareness Safety Week Stakeholder conference call, Tuesday, March 15 from 12-1PM EST that will provide additional information on what it means to get ready for flood season. There is a limit of 300 people on the call. Call-in information is: 1-888-391-6569 Pin # 8622712.
Earthquakes Not Just a West Coast Risk
While earthquakes are sometimes believed to be a West Coast phenomenon, there are actually 45 states and territories throughout the United States that are at moderate to high risk for earthquakes including the New Madrid fault line in Central U.S. Since it is impossible to predict when an earthquake will occur, it is important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time. Check out earthquake preparedness information on the the Ready.gov website. Also, be sure to get involved with the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut being planned for April 28th.
Governor Mary Fallin Selects Kim Edd Carter to Serve as Director of Homeland Security
Governor Mary Fallin today announced she has selected Kim Edd Carter to serve as director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. Carter, a veteran of law enforcement with more than 32 years of experience, will replace Kerry Pettingill as director. Carter currently serves as fusion center coordinator and program manager for information sharing at the department. more
New Registration Initiative for Citizen Corps Councils and CERT Programs Begins January 25th.
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Don’t Drop the Ball! Resolve to Be Ready in 2011!
OKOHS to Give Away Emergency Supply Kits in January
The New Year is a perfect time to Resolve to be Ready and the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is proud to be promoting emergency preparedness for 2011. To help spread the message and better prepare Oklahomans, OKOHS is giving away emergency supply kits in January through an online giveaway at RedDirtReady.com. more