OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - When disaster strikes in Oklahoma,
thousands of police officers, firefighters and other public safety
officials are ready to respond.
But the director of the state Office of Homeland Security says
Oklahomans should also be prepared to care for themselves during a
catastrophe. Kerry Pettengill says the most effective first
responder to any tragedy is yourself.
Individual preparedness is the theme of a public relations
campaign called Red Dirt Ready that state homeland security
officials began last year.
The state homeland security office was created after the
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It now has millions of
dollars worth of specialized rescue, hazardous materials and
decontamination equipment that can be called into service following
a natural or manmade disaster.