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Public Health and Medical Systems
Preparedness and Response

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.

Comanche County Government Main Page

Nixle Community Alert

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.

National Weather Alert Services

OSDH Preparedness Link

OSDH Videos on Preparedness  - Also in Spanish (También en español)

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

Other links that might be of interest for disaster planning:

Disaster Preparedness: https://www.ready.gov/

Emergency preparedness for schools:



Emergency preparedness for business:

Red Cross preparedness plan:

Life Saving Skills Tool Kit

You are the Help Until Help Arrives


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:
• Creating teams of volunteer medical, public health, and lay professionals to help during emergencies and disasters.
• Offering education and prevention to improve the public health of neighborhoods and communities.

Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps
OKMRC Brochure

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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