Emergency Management News

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Where is the Disaster Kit when you NEED one? #AltusOK #OKready

Ready Where You Are: Disaster Kit Storage

You never know where you’ll be when an emergency occurs, so it’s a good idea to be ready wherever you are.  That means preparing supplies for your home, work, and vehicle.
The Ready Campaign has information about creating a disaster supply kit for each location.
For your home:
  • Create a kit containing enough food, water, and supplies to last at least three days; and
  • Keep the kit in a designated place and make sure family members know where it is.
For your work:
  • Be prepared to shelter in place for at least 24 hours;
  • Include food, water, and other necessities like medicines in your kit. Keep the kit in one container and be ready to grab and go; and
  • Have comfortable walking shoes in case an evacuation requires walking long distances.
For your vehicle:
  • Include jumper cables, flashlights, clothing, and a first aid kit; and
  • Consider having a fully charged cell phone and phone charger, flares, baby formula, and diapers if you have a small child.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Give the Gift of Your Time #AltusOK #OKready #NatlPrep

The local American Red Cross and Salvation Army can always use volunteers.  There's a volunteer recruitment effort on September 20 at the local chapter office on Willard.  Call 5804825303 for details.

Community service is often one of the most rewarding ways to spend free time. During my year as a national service volunteer, I learned that giving time to your community or other communities is one of the most gratifying things you can do.

Giving your time to help communities across the country to be more prepared is incredibly important. There are many ways to do so:
This week is a great time to consider spending some time serving your community as Sunday, September 11th was commemorated as a day of service--honoring the first responders and civilians that lost their lives 15 years ago.
Individuals taking a selfie volunteering in neighborhood
Whichever volunteer opportunity you choose to partake in to help prepare your community, your community will be both better prepared and thankful for it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Do you have a Safe Shelter? #OKwx #AltusOK

Room for Safety

FEMA tornado publication
Safe rooms are a good way to protect you and your family or employees from hurricanes or tornadoes. Having a safe room for your home or business can help provide “near-absolute protection”  from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds.

Are you interested in building a safe room for your home or small business? Download FEMA P-320 Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business, and FEMA P-361 Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms. These publications help home or small business owners assess their risk and determine the best safe room for their needs.

To learn more about safe rooms, visit fema.gov/safe-rooms. You can also check out this list of FAQs.
If a safe room in not available during a hurricane, the best protective action is to evacuate before the hurricane makes landfall. Otherwise, seek the best available shelter:
  • Go to a small, interior, windowless room such as a closet or bathroom on the lowest level of a sturdy building; for a hurricane, make sure the room is not subject to flooding;
  • Cover yourself with any materials that may provide protection from debris, such as cushions, a sleeping bag, or a blanket; and
  • Kneel down and bend over into a ball, and cover your head and neck with your arms.
To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family during severe weather, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website.

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