Oklahoma Emergency Management Week is March 6 - 12
| Emergency Management Day at the Capitol|
March 4, 2005 -- Beginning Monday, March 6
communities all across Oklahoma will join in recognizing emergency
managers at the city, county and state level. Gov. Brad Henry has
proclaimed March 6 - 12 Emergency Management Week and similar
proclamations have been issued locally.
disaster history stands as a reminder of the trying conditions that can
be delivered by natural and man-made emergencies, said Albert Ashwood,
director, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM). "Whether
it's an ice storm, tornado or hazardous materials release, Oklahoma
emergency managers are often called upon to work around the clock doing
what they do best - supporting response and recovery efforts be
coordinating the delivery vital resources," said Ashwood.
Monday, March 7, emergency managers will take their message of disaster
preparedness to the State Capitol. The Oklahoma Emergency Management
Association is hosting the event designed to deliver discussion on the
response, recovery, preparedness and mitigation efforts of emergency
managers. A Legislative Reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the
fourth floor Rotunda.
exist at the federal level through the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), at the state level through OEM and at the local level
representing municipalities and counties. Many of today's emergency
managers are yesterday's civil defense workers. Emergency managers
support response and recovery efforts during disaster times by working
behind the scenes to coordinate the identification, deployment and use
of needed resources by police, fire and other emergency responders.
the last few years alone, emergency managers helped Oklahomans during
tornadoes, ice storms, wildfires, floods, hazardous materials
incidents, a school shooting, drought conditions, and the I-40 bridge
collapse. They helped get drinking water, food and shelter to those who
had none, additional law enforcement and fire suppression where the
flames threatened lives and homes, and hay to livestock where the
ground was left barren.
also work year round to prevent and decrease the effects of disasters
through mitigation projects like repetitive flood buy-out programs,
disaster exercises, training activities and the safe room rebate