"Earth, Wind and Fire" Prepares Oklahoma for Natural Disasters

posted Mar 15, 2012, 9:31 AM by Latia Murray

Since the turn of the 21st century, FEMA reports Oklahoma as receiving 76 presidential disaster and emergency declarations.  It’s important for Oklahomans to not only be aware of the possibilities of a natural disaster striking, but to also be prepared.

Emergency management teams from across the state recently banded together to enhance preparedness by participating in the first statewide mock emergency drill called “Earth, Wind and Fire.”

The Custer County Emergency Management team worked with the Red Cross and the Oklahoma State Department of Health to set up an Emergency Operations Center for the drill. “Arapaho, Clinton, Butler, Thomas, Custer City and Weatherford all came together to provide an efficient response. We have good teamwork,” said Custer County Emergency Management Director, Mike Galloway.

The mock drill allowed each team to break down the elements of the emergency and assign responsibilities accordingly. By actively participating in the response, mitigation and recovery process, emergency management teams were able to learn firsthand the roles they would be filling and how the Emergency Operations Center would function if there were a real disaster.

E911 Director, Dana Church, also met with the Custer County Emergency Management team to display the newest 911 capabilities that could play a vital role in any emergency response effort.

Citizens interested in learning how to become more prepared for a natural disaster can visit www.ok.gov/reddirtready. Red Dirt Ready provides help in creating a family emergency plan that include emergency supply kits, informed response plans and opportunities to volunteer in your community or neighborhood preparedness effort.