Emergency Response and Preparedness
Natural and man-made disasters can happen suddenly and at any time. To ensure the safety of Oklahomans, our county health department works closely with state, local, tribal, and community partners to plan and prepare for responses to environmental, health, and medical emergencies.
Family Emergency Plans
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) provides an easy-to-use template for creating your own family emergency plan. Start protecting your family today by downloading, printing, and completing this valuable tool. Be sure to discuss your family emergency preparedness plan with all of your loved ones to ensure that everyone knows what to do when disaster strikes.
Are You Ready?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also developed a user-friendly guide to preparedness planning entitled "Are you Ready?" This guide has been designed to help citizens learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kid that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive following a disaster in the event they must rely on their own resources.
Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) sponsors the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC), a trained cadre of medical, public health, and community volunteers. The OKMRC supplements existing response systems, and is made up of not only medical professionals but also people without a medical background.
In addition to a catastrophic health emergency, the OKMRC may also assist with:
- Disaster Response
- Drills and Exercises
- Preparedness and Wellness Education
- Public Health Initiatives
- Community Events
OKMRC volunteers receive uniforms and state issued identification badges. Training opportunities are offered throughout the state, including First Aid/CPR, Psychological First Aid, Basic Disaster Life Support and Core Disaster Life Support. OKMRC volunteers gain valuable response experience and are recognized at the local, state, and national levels for their contributions. For more information or to apply for membership, see the link below.
To find out more about how Garfield County Health Department is actively engaging with our local community preparedness and response partners please call:
Lauren Caine, MA
Local Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator
Garfield, Grant, Major, Woods, Blaine and Alfalfa Counties