The City of Nichols Hills has a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that is reviewed annually. The City's EOP is an annex in the county-wide EOP and was written in conjunction with Oklahoma County Emergency Management and representatives from every city in Oklahoma County. The EOP was submitted to and approved by FEMA which helps expedite reimbursement for our costs incurred in dealing with a natural or man-made disaster. One of FEMA's requirements for approval is the plan must be updated every five years. Our was updated in 2012.
The City of Nichols Hills also has a Hazard Mitigation Plan. This a proactive plan designed to reduce or eliminate the damage done by a natural or man-made disaster. For instance; enclosing the drainage canal along Grand Boulevard eliminates erosion caused by heavy rainfall or installing surveillance cameras and security fencing at our well sites makes them more secure, etc. Our Hazard Mitigation Plan followed the same process as the EOP and is an annex to the county-wide plan. It was also submitted to and approved by FEMA. It was updated in 2013.
Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness brings together facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information, and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters.
As the most comprehensive guide to personal emergency preparedness published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Are You Ready? will help individuals prepare themselves and their families for disasters. To access this information go to www.ready.gov.
Are You Ready? is almost constantly revised to provide a step-by-step outline on how to prepare a disaster supply kit, emergency planning for people with disabilities, how to locate and evacuate to a shelter, and even contingency planning for family pets. Man-made threats from hazardous materials and terrorism are also treated in detail.
The guide also details opportunities for every citizen to become involved in safeguarding their neighbors and communities through FEMA's Citizen Corps (www.citizencorps.gov) initiative and Community Emergency Response Team training program.
Don't see what you want on FEMA's Are you Ready homepage? Go to the search window in the upper right corner of the page. Type in what you are looking for e.g. "winter tips", or "hot weather tips", etc and click the search icon or press enter. You will quickly find a wealth of information at your fingertips.
Copies of Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness are available through the FEMA Publications warehouse (1-800-480-2520), FEMA publication H-34. For large quantities, your organization may reprint the publication.
Anytime we have potentially severe weather of any kind locally I urge you to tune in to a local TV or radio station. We have excellent meteorologists and newscasters in Oklahoma and they will keep you advised with accurate, up-to-the-minute information. Do not wait for Outdoor Warning Sirens to go off before seeking shelter. Keep informed, it may save your life.