OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Oklahoma emergency managers and other public officials who want to take advantage of federal funds to make their communities safer can get the information they need at a workshop coming soon to their area.
Hazard Mitigation specialists from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are teaming up to offer guidance free of charge at various workshops to be held in April and May.
The specialists will explain the process for applying for federal grants for safe rooms, emergency sirens and other mitigation measures. Topics include how to write the grants and clearly outline the projects.
The workshops are one benefit offered to Oklahomans as part of the recovery process from the December blizzard and January ice storm. The events are being organized by Oklahoma/FEMA mitigation specialists who are working side by side at the Joint Field Office in Oklahoma City to help the state stand stronger against future storms and other hazardous events.
“These workshops not only provide excellent information for our local emergency leaders, but are an example of the strong partnership between FEMA and the state as we work together on the winter disasters,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory W. Eaton.
The workshops, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., are set for the following dates and locations:
- APRIL 20: High Plains Technology Center, 3921 34th St., Woodward.
- APRIL 22: Tulsa Technology Center, 3420 S. Memorial Dr. (CSC Building), Tulsa.
- APRIL 26: Regional Multi-Agency Coordination Center, 4600 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Oklahoma City.
- APRIL 28: Kiamichi Tech auditorium, 301 Kiamichi Dr. (south end), McAlester.
- APRIL 30: Clinton Frisco Center, 101 S. 4th St., Clinton.
- MAY 3: Autry Technology Center, 1201 W. Willow, Enid.
- MAY 4: Comanche County Emergency Operations Center, Building 600, 4500 SW Lee Blvd., Lawton.
- MAY 6: Altus Emergency Operations Center, 1915 N. Main, Altus.
To register or for more details, interested parties should call their county emergency managers at least three days before the workshop they wish to attend.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.