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AT&T is first company in nation to earn Homeland Security Certification for Disaster Preparedness
OKLAHOMA CITY AT&T is the first company in the nation to earn Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certification for disaster preparedness. AT&T's certification is the first under the DHS Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program. The PS-Prep(tm) program is administered by DHS's Federal Emergency Management Agency. The program enables private sector organizations to enhance their capabilities for planning, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters and other threats. "AT&T has a longstanding commitment to business continuity and disaster preparedness. We are proud to be the first company in the nation to secure this Homeland Security certification," said Bryan Gonterman, state president of AT&T Oklahoma. "Our business and network operations are state-of-the-art when it comes to performing during and after a disaster or emergency. This doesn't happen by accident. We are constantly pumping new innovation and technology into our networks, to the tune of $95 billion over the last 5 years." Gonterman said the strength of the company's continuity program coupled with its industry-leading Global Network Operations Center helps the company and its customers effectively continue operations during and after emergencies. "We are prepared, as well, to help customers achieve a high level of preparedness for their own business networks and IT systems," Gonterman said, noting that AT&T offers business continuity consulting to its customers. "We encourage other companies and private entities to seek certification under this program. Being proactive about continuity planning helps keep the country as prepared as possible for emergencies," said Gonterman. AT&T's emergency preparedness tips include: Keep your wireless phone batteries charged at all times. Have an alternative plan to recharge your battery in case of a power outage, such as charging your wireless device by using your car charger or having extra mobile phone batteries or disposable mobile phone batteries on hand. Keep your wireless phone dry. The biggest threat to your device during a hurricane or tornado is water, so keep your equipment safe from the elements by storing it in a baggie or some other type of protective covering. Have a family communications plan in place. Due to the change in wind patterns of the direction of a fire, it can be hard to predict if or when you need to evacuate your home. Designate someone out of the area as a central contact, and make certain that all family members know whom to contact if they become separated. Program all of your emergency contact numbers and e-mail addresses into your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station hospital, evacuation center, as well as your family members. Forward your home number to your wireless number in the event of evacuating your home. Because call forwarding is based out of the telephone central office, you will get incoming calls from your landline phone even if your local telephone service is disrupted at your home. In the unlikely event that the central office is not operational, services such as voice mail, call forwarding and call forwarding busy line/don't answer may be useful. Track local news and weather information on your wireless device. Many homes may be burned, damaged, or lose power during wildfires. If you have a wireless device that provides access to the Internet, you can surf the Web for the latest news in your area or check weather reports through MobiTVA or AT&T Mobile TV or keep updated with local radar and weather alerts through My-CastA Weather, if you subscribe to those services. Camera phones provide assistance. If you have a camera phone, take, store and send photos - even video clips - of damaged property to your insurance company from your device. Try text messaging. During an emergency situation, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls because they require fewer network resources. All of AT&T's wireless devices are text messaging capable. Depending on your text or data plan, additional charges may apply. Take advantage of location-based mapping technology. Services such as AT&T Navigator and AT&T FamilyMap can help you seek evacuation routes or avoid traffic congestion from downed trees or power lines, as well as track a family member's wireless device in case you get separated. Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum, and limit your calls to the most important ones. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will be attempting to place calls to loved ones, friends and business associates.

ANNIE GRATTET and her friends enjoyed celebrating her 8th birthday with a doll party. They enjoyed playing with their dolls and eating pizza and cupcakes. In lieu of gifts, Annie opted to receive money that would be donated to those in her area that had recently lost homes in a fire. -(Photo Submitted).

Annie Grattet celebrates her 8th birthday

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Fox Family Fun Run Saturday, April 28, 2012

ANNIE GRATTET Annie Grattet celebrated her 8th birthday on April 13, 2012, with some special family celebrations. She awoke to eight balloons tied to her bed, and enjoyed the family birthday breakfast of chocolate beignets. Her family had fun hiding and hunting eggs in their yard. After a birthday of dinner Brussels sprouts, sugar snap peas, hamburgers and chocolate chip cake, she enjoyed opening birthday presents from her family. Saturday after her soccer game, Annie hosted several of her friends at her home for a fun time of playing with dolls together. They had pizza and cupcakes for dinner. Instead of birthday presents, Annie asked her friends to bring donations for those who recently lost their homes in the Lower North Fork fire in Colorado. With the help of her friends, Annie collected $164.58. Helping Annie with the party were her parents Vaun and Robin and her siblings Lela, Mari and Jonathan. Her friends at the party were Claire and Delaney Roen, Elena and Haven Monk, Emily McHugh, Teagan Stellar, Amelia and Eliana Clark, and Emma Helgesen. Sending gifts but unable to attend were Grammie Jean Grattet, Grandmom Betty Craft, Aunt Risa and Uncle Mark Kerns and Aunt Stacy


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$15.00 Entry Fee Includes:

Motorcycle & Car Poker Run!!! /Ak

Healdton Mercy Hospital hosts blood drive April 27

Blood donors can feel good knowing they are saving lives of community members with their donation at the Healdton Mercy Hospital blood drive. Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) will host a blood drive from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, at 3472 Hospital Road. Anyone who is 16 years and older* can donate; blood donations can be made every 56 days. All blood donors will receive an OBI insulated travel mug, free health screenings and Donor Reward Points. All donors will also be entered in a drawing for door prizes. Additionally, if blood donors choose to forgo the donor appreciation item, funds designated for this item will be directed to our partnering organization, the American Heart Association. Oklahoma Blood Institute and the American Heart Association (AHA) share a common goal, to keep people healthy. The American Heart Association wants everyone to know their numbers and act on them. That's the first step in changing cardiovascular health statistics. Because blood donors receive a mini health check, including blood pressure and cholesterol results, every time they come to donate, those numbers are readily available to each donor. Although all blood types are needed to maintain OBI's typical three-day supply, those with 0-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with 0-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, 0-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, regardless of their type. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visit us at www.obi.org . * 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.

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$200.00 High Hand $50.00 Low Hand

Event Starts at Fox High School Parking Lot

First Bike Out 1:00 p.m. Last Bike Out 2:00 p.m. Last Bike in 5:00 p.m.

Hamburger Dinner starts at 5:00 p.m. - $7.00 High and Low Hand announced at 5:30 p.m. Pie and Cake Auction begins at 7:00 p.m. All Proceeds go toward the Fox Band Trip to march in the Disney World Parade on May 22!

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