A project of the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management was noted in the June 2014 issue of the Fort Bend/Katy Business Journal magazine. The Office recently received an award from the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT); the Community Service Award in conjunction with the Arc of Fort Bend County. EMAT recognized Fort Bend OEM for a project a public outreach tool; “Ready Bingo.”
Ready Bingo is a fun and engaging way to teach emergency preparedness using a picture-driven bingo game. Ready Bingo targets a variety of audiences including seniors, children, persons with limited English language proficiency, and individuals with functional and access needs. The Community Service Award honors those who have provided leadership, guidance, facilities, equipment, or support to an emergency management program, a community, or the profession in the furtherance of mitigation, preparedness, response, or recovery activities in the past calendar year.
The Fort Bend County OEM is very proud that Cheryl Sewell and Kathy Renfrow developed the idea for Ready Bingo project which is now utilized across the Houston metropolitan area. Inquiries about Ready Bingo have been received from other regions of the country also. This really is a result of great cooperation between Kathy and the folks at Ready Houston. Without that partnership and the close working relationships this idea would not have been implemented as successfully.
The Office is committed to communicating with the public in a timely, accurate, and accessible manner. In particular, Ready Bingo provides an innovative method for sharing preparedness information with the whole Fort Bend County community.