Emergency Management News

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What do you know about Post-Disaster Hygiene? #OKready #OKstrong

Personal hygiene is critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease especially during an emergency such as a flood, hurricane, or earthquake. Clean, safe water is essential for proper hygiene and handwashing, but can be difficult to find following a disaster.  
If your tap water is unsafe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend washing your hands with soap and water that has beenboiled or disinfected.
To ensure your hands are washed properly, follow these steps from the CDC:
  • Wet your hands with clean water (warm or cold) and apply soap; 
  • Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well. Be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails; 
  • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds; 
  • Rinse your hands well under water; and 
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. 
According to the CDC, you should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available. While this will reduce the number of germs on your hands, it will not eliminate all types of germs. Also, hand sanitizers are not effective on visibly dirty hands.   
Washing your hands is the best way to reduce germs! Maintaining basic hygiene and taking extra steps to ensure cleanliness will help keep your disaster recovery safe and healthy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Are you Open for Business?

Disaster Preparedness Exercises For Your Business

Every business should have a disaster preparedness program and conduct exercises to determine how quickly operations will be restored following a disaster. Conducting program exercises help improve the overall strength of a disaster plan and the ability of employees to perform their roles and responsibilities.
The Ready campaign outlines several types of exercises that can help you evaluate the effectiveness of your disaster preparedness program, including:
  • Walkthroughs, workshops, or orientation seminars – Basic training for team members are designed to familiarize employees with emergency response, business continuity and crisis communications plans, and their roles and responsibilities as defined in the plans;
  • Tabletop exercises – Discussion-based sessions where employees review their roles during an emergency and their responses to a particular emergency situation;
  • Full-scale exercises – Take place on location using the specific equipment and personnel that would be called upon during a real disaster event. These exercises are conducted by public agencies and often include participation from local businesses; and
  • Functional exercises – Allow personnel to validate plans and readiness by performing their duties in a simulated operational environment. Activities for a functional exercise are scenario-driven, such as the failure of a critical business function or for a specific hazard.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Join the Youth Preparedness Faith-based Webinar #AltusOK #teamJesus

Learn how to connect faith-based and community organizations to tools and resources for youth preparedness activities during this special webinar hosted by the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division, the Department of Education Center for School Preparedness, and Save the Children.
Title: Getting Youth Involved In Emergency Preparedness
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT)
How to Join the Webinar:

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