In April and May of 2011, a series of violent storms wreaked havoc in the southern and Midwestern United States. From April 25 – 28, 2011, tornadoes left a trail of destruction in a dozen states, hitting Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee the hardest. National Weather Service records indicate that 321 people were killed and hundreds more were severely injured. Nearly a month later on May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado (the rating for the most destructive tornadoes) with winds over 200 mph, struck the city of Joplin, Missouri, resulting in approximately 160 fatalities, more than 1,000 injuries, and a ¾ mile-wide swath of devastation. Two days later, tornadoes claimed another 18 lives in Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. November 4-7 Central Oklahoma experienced three significant earthquakes.

Emergencies occur. Disasters happen. Are you and your family ready? You and your loved ones CAN be prepared…just give us a few minutes of your time and we’ll tell you how!

The Payne/Noble County Unit of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps will be hosting a series of meetings on Thursday, December 8. You are invited to attend “Family First! Developing a Family Emergency Plan” on Thursday, December 8 at a time and location that fits your schedule:

·    8 a.m. – Patient Education room – Noble County Health Dept., 300 E. Fir, Perry

·    12 p.m. – Patient Education room – Payne County Health Dept., 1321 W. 7th, Stillwater – bring your lunch and join us!

·    5 p.m. – Patient Education room – Payne County Health Dept., 1026 N. Linwood, Cushing

Every adult (18 and over) who attends will receive a FREE “go-bag” and have his/her name entered in a door prize drawing. Seating for this training is limited – please RSVP to MRC Unit Coordinator Priscilla Smith, 405/338-5765 or [email protected] no later than 5 p.m. Monday, December 5.