OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- A newly released video on YouTube offers a look inside a recent series of workshops that provided vital information for Oklahoma emergency managers who want federal grants to help make their communities safer.
The workshops, presented by hazard mitigation specialists from the state of Oklahoma and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), focused on the process of applying for grants for safe rooms, outdoor warning sirens and other mitigation measures.
Filmed at one of the events, the video includes comments from two emergency managers in attendance who found the information fulfilled their needs.
FEMA and Oklahoma hazard mitigation specialists will advise local authorities if additional workshops become available in the future.
The workshops were a benefit offered to Oklahomans as part of the recovery process from the December and January storms. To view the videos online, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWfpeGM2uKo. It also is available on FEMA’s new Oklahoma disaster recovery website at www.fema.gov/oklahoma. Once on the site, click on one of the two buttons for the winter disasters and then click the multimedia page.
"We were always disappointed because we didn’t know how to apply for it (a hazard mitigation grant) and now we understand more of how we can write this up," Larry McDuffey, emergency manager of Caddo County, says during the video.
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.