From the beginning, OCS staff recognized that simply building the decision-support system would not ensure the proper application of the available information. The OCS philosophy has been that mere access to timely and relevant information is not the total solution. Therefore, OK-FIRST has included training and follow-up support components to facilitate the use of this environmental information into local operations. Because Oklahoma is a microcosm of the nation of how local agencies respond to emergencies, this manuscript will focus on the management and logistical concerns associated with OK-FIRST. The manuscript will also cover how the OK-FIRST public-safety outreach initiative successfully transitioned from a demonstration project to a permanent program.
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