Oklahoma City, Ok. – Governor Brad Henry and Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Bob Ricks say more than $25 million dollars in funds will go to local communities for homeland security efforts. The awards are being made through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Office of Domestic Preparedness. The majority of the funds will go toward implementation of the First Responder Equipment Program in eight regions across Oklahoma.
Lawton, Ok. – If you are in the area of the Cameron University campus at 2800 West Gore, you already know about the carillon system that plays tunes following the chimes at the top of the hour. The system was a gift to the university from 1935 C.U. graduate Ina Mae Stapp in 2001 who presented it in memory of her husband O.M. "Bud" Stapp.
Oklahoma City, Ok. – Health officials and others gathered at a news conference in Oklahoma City July 10 to announce that a grant of more than $230,000 from the Health Resouces Services Administration has gone to purchase 91 automated external defibrillators. About the size of laptop computers, these can even be used by a lay person to deliver prompt defibrillation to a person with cardiac arrest.
Oklahoma City, Ok. – The Oklahoma State Department of Health has some tips to help keep down the mosquito populations which could carry the West Nile virus that affects birds and horses as well as humans. Take care to rid your yard of standing water which serves as mosquitoes' breeding grounds. Wash out bird baths and wading pools a couples of times a week and change pet water dishes often.