Tulsa Officials Conduct Disaster Exercise

Friday, December 12th 2008, 11:32 am
By: News On 6


EMMITSBURG, MD -- Representatives from 20 Tulsa area agencies have been participating all week long in an emergency preparedness workshop in Maryland.

The workshop, which coincides with the one year anniversary of the December 2007 ice storm, features participants from several Oklahoma Native American tribes as well. During the week-long course, officials participated in extensive training, culminating with a disaster drill involving inclement winter weather.

"The Emergency Management Institute is pleased to host this first-ever preparedness, response and recovery training for city, county, state and tribal officials," said Dr. Cortez Lawrence, Superintendent of FEMA's Emergency Management Institute. "Working closely with the leadership here this week, FEMA gains a superb training model for future courses as we work closely with the new partners involved in the safety of the residents of Tulsa, Tulsa County and the State of Oklahoma."

EMSA, Tulsa City-County Health Department, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and PSO also participated in the workshop.