Green Country officials unveil new equipment

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Updated: 7/10/2013 5:49 pm Published: 7/10/2013 3:42 pm

Tulsa area officials said the community is better prepared than ever to respond to a disaster situation.

Area emergency officials revealed how equipment purchased as part of an initiative to respond to terrorist attacks can help in any kind of disaster.

Using a $3.4 million federal grant, officials purchased a large red tent that can treat 50 people in a medical emergency. The tent was set up Wednesday at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds on Wednesday to demonstrate disaster preparedness.

For three years police, fire and other emergency responders from Broken Arrow, Owasso, Sand Springs and surrounding areas have been working behind the scenes to buy things like the tent, trailers, trucks and any equipment they could use.

The purchases were made with grant money from the Department of Homeland Security.

In May, the equipment was used to help with recovery after the devastating tornado in Moore.

Officials said the items help them be self-sufficient when responding to any disaster or emergency, instead of having to scramble to meet needs.

The grant money is no longer available but all of the equipment is here to stay.

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