celebrate third year for McReady Oklahoma Program
Ponca City Emergency Management Director Paula Cain,
McDonald’s owner Clement Collogan, right, congratulate the four
winners of the Eskimo Joe storm chaser t-shirts contest, which was
part of the
city’s local McReady Oklahoma
This marked the third year for Oklahoma emergency managers to participate
in the McReady Oklahoma program. Throughout the month of April, McReady display
racks with posters and brochures along with tray liners, bag stuffers and table
tents – all delivering important severe weather preparedness information – were
available at McDonald’s restaurants across the state.
Gov. Brad Henry proclaimed April as Family Preparedness
Month and the work of a host of McReady Partners ensured another successful year
for the program. A news conference kicked off the statewide campaign at Ralph Downs
Elementary School in Oklahoma City. OG&E’s
Larry the Lineman and Ronald McDonald delivered safety messages as the students
and faculty rallied behind the program.
The theme of severe weather preparedness continued when more
than 160 individuals were able to get their weather radios programmed during a
special event at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma
City. Television and radio stations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa provided
promotional spots and news coverage. In many of the communities, city and
county emergency managers also held special events throughout the month of
April to recognize the program locally.
In addition to OEM, the 2006 McReady Partners are the American
Red Cross, MOROCH, National Weather Service, OG&E Electric Services,
Oklahoma Citizen Corps, Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, Oklahoma
Floodplain Managers Association, The Oklahoman, News 9, The News on 6, R.D.
Flanagan & Associates, The Salvation Army and the Tulsa Mayor’s Citizen
Corps/Tulsa Partners, Inc.
For more information regarding McReady Oklahoma, contact Michelann Ooten, OEM
Public Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org