The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 September 2005

A little advance planning

I suspect this was in the works long before Katrina, but it's here now: a twelve-page booklet issued by the state Department of Health, with the imprimaturs of the Department of Emergency Management and the Office of Homeland Security, dubbed the Family Readiness Guide: Plan, Prepare, Be Aware.

The booklet contains helpful hints for anticipating evacuations, government contact points, a wallet card upon which you can list emergency information, a list of documents you ought to try to protect (including computer backup media!), and other useful bits of information.

I got my copy in the Sunday Oklahoman, scattered among the two or three dozen ad pieces; other papers in the state will presumably be carrying it also.

Posted at 6:34 PM to Soonerland

This was probably first printed back in 99 in anticipation for Y2K. Also, the Mormons have been doing this for years. But so have the survivalists & folks are always laughing at them, right up until their belly growls.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 10:39 PM on 3 September 2005

Well, it says, per the usual state spec, "900,000 copies were printed by McCormick-Armstrong Co. Inc. in August 2005 at a cost of $139,500."

And certainly we didn't have an office of Homeland Security in 1999 — at least, not one identified as such.

But this is indeed pretty much old news, at least to some of us.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:45 PM on 3 September 2005