Emergency Management News

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thunderclap Heard ‘Round the World #NPM14 #OKready #AltusOK

National Preparedness Month (NPM), which is celebrated every September, is almost here.  To show your support, share the NPM Thunderclap message today. Once you sign up, Thunderclap will sync your social media accounts to release an automatic Facebook post, Tweet or both on September 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM reminding your friends and followers to make a family emergency plan.
 It takes just a few steps to join:
  1. First, click the link to this year’s Thunderclap message “Get involved in National Preparedness Month! Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare. #NatlPrep http://thndr.it/1lf73mC.”
  2.  Once you click the Thunderclap message, you can choose how you will support it; for instance, if you plan to share the message on Twitter, you can click the “support with TWITTER” button.
  3. After you select how you will share the Thunderclap message, you will have the opportunity to customize it (i.e. add #PrepareAthon at the end of the message).
  4. Next, you will have the opportunity to schedule the message by selecting the “Add my Support” button.
  5. Finally, you will be prompted to log in to the social media account (i.e. Twitter, Facebook) you chose use to share the Thunderclap message. Once you enter your accounts credentials, you will select“Authorize App.
Check out other ways, you can get active on social media for NPM by visiting www.ready.gov/september. There you will find the NPM 2014 Digital Engagement Toolkit filled with tweets and Facebook messages to promote NPM and its weekly themes.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Citizen Corps Partner Programs Unite! #OKready #OKstrong #AltusOK

The Program Offices of the National Citizen Corps Partner Programs are pleased to announce a can’t-miss event! On August 28 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EDT), for the first time ever, we will be hosting a joint webinar. In addition to updates on all six programs, we will also be discussing ongoing collaboration and communications efforts, as well as online resources for local programs, chapters, and organizations, and promising practices. We will also be taking questions following the webinar. We hope that this presentation will mark the beginning of a renewed commitment to working together with one another’s programs, and that you will be able to join us next Thursday!
  • August 28, 2014
  • 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Join the Webinar
  • Adobe Connect Registration Web Linkbit.ly/VD5VNq
  • Please register for the event.  Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting by clicking here.
  • This webinar will offer closed captioning.
Presenters include representatives from:
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Fire Corps
  • National Neighborhood Watch
  • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
  • Citizen Corps 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Don’t be Left in the Dark #AltusOK #OKready

Blackouts are always a possibility, even when severe storms or other disasters haven't found their way into your area, and power outages are not uncommon during the summer months.  Here are a few helpful tips on what you can do before and during a blackout:

  • Make sure you have an emergency toolkit and a family communications plan! Your toolkit should contain basic short-term survival materials, like bottled water and non-perishable goods.
  • Tape the refrigerator and freezer door to prevent opening and keep your perishable food fresh for as long as possible. Throw away any food that has been exposed to 40° F temperatures for more than two hours.
  • If the blackout isn't storm related, make use of this time outdoors with family and friends!
  • Keep non-electrical entertainment on hand, such as board games and charades to make time pass more quickly (this is especially helpful with children).
  • Make sure to keep a camp stove and a stockpile of flashlights handy in case the blackout runs longer than expected.
  • Be prepared for extended outages and keep a full tank of gas and a full cellphone battery.
  • Maintain a positive attitude! This is essential in any emergency situation. 
For more information on how to prepare for blackouts, you can visit the American Red Cross, and also check out these other useful blackout tips!

Thanks to FEMA for this information.

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