Emergency Management Day, Week Fast Approaching
February 25, 2005 -- Emergency Management Week
is March 6 - 12. As part of the weeklong celebration, the Oklahoma
Emergency Management Association will host a Day at the Capitol and
Legislative Reception for Oklahoma State Senators and Representatives
on Monday, March 7. In addition to the events planned at the state
level, emergency managers have planned activities locally to honor
Emergency Management Week.
Day at the Capitol
now to join emergency managers from across Oklahoma at the State
Capitol on Monday, March 7. Our Day at the Capitol will begin with a
legislative briefing at 10 a.m. at the state Emergency Operations
Center. Then with talking points in hand that afternoon we'll take our
issues to lawmakers at the State Capitol. Don't worry. Absolutely no
legislative experience is necessary. As an emergency manager, you are
the one your legislators need to hear from and this event makes it easy
for you to participate in the legislative process.
is a good time to contact your representative and senator. Let them
know you'll be at the State Capitol on March 7 and invite them to
attend the OEMA Reception that afternoon.
also a good time to brush up on the issues facing the emergency
management community. A list of proposed bills that promise to impact
emergency managers along with OEMA's legislative position will soon be
available on the association's Web site, www.okem.us.
Following is a schedule of events for the Day at the Capitol.
|10 a.m. ||Emergency Managers arrive at State EOC |
|11 a.m. ||Break |
|11:15 a.m. || Emergency Management Updates|
| || Albert Ashwood, OEM Director|
| || Kary Cox, OEMA President|
| || Update on OEM Programs, Activities|
| Lunch - EOC|
| Meet at the State Capitol|
|2 p.m. - 4 p.m.|
| Legislative Reception - 4th Floor Rotunda, State Capitol|
Please let us know if you plan to attend Day at the Capitol by calling the state office at 405-521-2481 no later than March 2.
activities recognizing Oklahoma Emergency Management Week are also
important for the success of the event. We urge you to take advantage
of this opportunity to shine the spotlight on emergency management
efforts in your community. Having your governing body adopt a
proclamation establishing Emergency Management Week locally is a great
first step. This would be a good time to show off your EOC with an open
house and recognize your emergency management employees and volunteers.
Taking your emergency preparedness message to local radio talk shows
and schools is also a good idea.
information, contact OEM Public Information Manager Michelann Ooten, at
the office 405-521-2481 or by pager 405-636-8577. Also call her if you
plan an event. That way she can help spread the word about what you and
other emergency managers will be doing during Oklahoma Emergency