Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $135,757)
The FY 2016 Juvenile Justice Emergency Planning Demonstration Program provides resources for state, tribal, local, municipal, and community organizations to develop, strengthen, and implement emergency preparedness plans for juvenile justice facilities.
Oklahoma has experienced severe wildfires and deadly flash flooding. In 2015, the state had more earthquakes, and earthquakes of higher magnitude than California. The state also experiences devastating tornadoes that cause numerous deaths. The F5 Bridge Creek-Moore, an Oklahoma tornado, had the highest wind speed ever measured in a tornado, which is also the highest wind speed ever recorded on the planet, 301 ±20 mph. Therefore, Oklahomas Office of Juvenile Affairs and its juvenile justice system stakeholders will use the 2016 Juvenile Justice Emergency Planning Demonstration Program to improve the initial safety of youth and staff at residential placements during and after an emergency; reduce the level of trauma they are exposed to; provide for necessary medical treatment (physical and emotional), nutrition, hydration, hygiene, and shelter; and establish quick, clear channels to be used to communicate with families, guardians, and other relevant parties regarding the status of youth.