Sunday, 14 January 2007
OK-WARN: Oklahoma Weather Alert Remote Notification
Exhibit Hall C (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
Oklahoma Weather Alert Remote Notification (OK-WARN) is a new service that provides timely notification of weather hazards and emergencies to people with hearing loss via pager, e-mail or cell phone. This program was developed as a partnership between Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, NOAA National Weather Service, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, Communication Services for the Deaf of Oklahoma, and Weather Affirmation, LLC. OK-WARN was made possible by a federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, now a division of the Department of Homeland Security. Since the inception of OK-WARN in 2001, the program has been expanded statewide to serve the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Information about how OK-WARN operates will be presented.