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Public Health and Medical Systems
The public health and medical systems were identified as critical infrastructure and vital support functions in the event of any such emergency. In 2002, the Oklahoma State Department of Health formed the Bioterrorism Preparedness Division, which later evolved to the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service, to address the public health and medical implications of a large-scale disaster affecting the state’s population.
Since that time, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service has worked diligently with federal, state, tribal, local, non-governmental and private partners to ensure the safety of all Oklahomans. In addition, the Emergency Preparedness and Response has routinely assisted neighboring states in times of crisis.
The City of Lawton has contracted with Everbridge to provide disaster related emergency notifications, provided by city and county officials, and weather warnings provided by the National Weather Service. Emergency Management and Emergency Services encourage every citizen of Comanche County to sign up for emergency notifications.
Nixle is an emergency notification system created to provide secure and reliable communications. It is the first authenticated and secure service which allows government agencies to communicate with citizens in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted citizens over their cell phones via text messages, through e-mails and via Web access. Sign Up for Nixle.
OSDH Videos on Preparedness - Also in Spanish (También en español)
Other links that might be of interest for disaster planning:
Disaster Preparedness: Ready.gov
Ways to protect your Family and Property: FEMA.gov
Emergency preparedness for schools:
Emergency preparedness for business:
Red Cross preparedness plan:
Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps
The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) is Oklahoma's only medical and public health volunteer program. Oklahoma State Department of Health directs the OKMRC program. The OKMRC is a statewide system comprised of specialty teams, and county units operating under the authority of local county health departments. Comanche and Cotton Counties have a jointly established Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) chapter, which is recognized on both a local and national scale. Unit coordinators collaborate with the OKMRC program office to ensure program consistency, operational continuity and develop a network of support.
All MRC organizations share the common goals of:
For more information, please contact Rebecca Villa-Winsett, Local Emergency Response Coordinator, at email RebeccaW@health.ok.gov or call (580) 248-5890.
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