Emergency Management News

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What do you know about CERT? #AltusOK #OKready

Preparedness Choices for Every Day

America's PrepareAthon 10 ways
Whether it’s creating a family emergency communications planassembling or updating emergency supplies, or accessing alerts and warnings, we’re all encouraged to take preparedness actions for ourselves and those we care about. America’s PrepareAthon! highlights ten preparedness actions you can take.
Volunteering with a safety organization is another option. Consider volunteering for a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) that provides training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medication operations. The training also emphasizes emergency preparedness for disasters that may impact your area.  
If you are interested in assisting your community and taking part in local preparedness projects, you can find a CERT Program in your area.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Wildfire Evacuation Plans #OKfire #AltusOK #OKready

If a wildfire was headed your way, would you know what to do? According to America’s PrepareAthon! the best action to protect yourself and your family when a wildfire threatens your area is to evacuate.

To ensure you will be able to evacuate quickly, you need to plan ahead. America’s PrepareAthon! offers these tips for a safe evacuation, including:
  • Know your community’s local evacuation plan and identify several escape routes for your location in case roads are blocked; include plans to evacuate people with disabilities and others with access or functional needs, as well as pets, service animals, and livestock;
  • Make a list of items you need or want to take with you. Be sure to remember the Five P’s Of Evacuation: People, Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs, and Priceless Items; and
  • If you will evacuate by car, keep your car fueled and in good condition. Keep emergency supplies and a change of clothes in your car. 
When driving away from a fire:
  • Roll up windows and close air vents because smoke from a fire can irritate your eyes and respiratory system;
  • Drive slowly with your headlights on because smoke can reduce visibility;
  • Watch for other vehicles, pedestrians, and fleeing animals; and
  • Avoid driving through heavy smoke, if possible. 
For more information about preparing for wildfires, download the How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide from America’s PrepareAthon!
The FEMA app is another great resource to help you prepare for wildfires and other hazards.  Download the FEMA app today to receive safety reminders, alerts from the National Weather Service, and more!

It takes a WHOLE community #AltusOK #OKready #OKstrong

It takes a whole community ... as Craig Fugate says ... to get through something like an ice storm, Hurricane Katrina, a Moore tornado, etc.

The Whole Community came together for the Back to School Bash Saturday.  The first ever produced better than expected results.  Government and private sector folks were on hand to help students and their families start the year off prepared.

Erik Mowbray and Sophie Stoekl, Altus EM volunteers
manned the Local Emergency Planning Committee booth.

Phillip Beauchamp, Local Emergency Planning Committee Chair, Sophie Stoekl, LEPC Secretary, and Erik Mowbray, Altus EM Operations Section Chief joined Altus Fire Rescue, Altus Police, Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, and a host of others including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Mormons, Baptists and Assemblies of God to bring safety information to those assembled.  There was even opportunities to talk about amateur radio to some educators.

Ben Walters helped folks learn about disaster preparedness

Your faith community is an important part of the Whole Community response.


School starts August 9.  Watch your speed in school zones.  These officers will be.

Many vendors reported running out of items to give away.  

The Whole Community needs volunteers.  What will you do to help?

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