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Emergency Preparedness and Response
The President of the United States issued a number of executive orders to further the nation’s preparedness and response capabilities in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. These orders led to the development of an “all-hazards” planning approach to enhance the nation’s response to both natural and man-made disasters.
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 Service has routinely assisted neighboring states in times of crisis.
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