Emergency Management News

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Are you Storm Ready?

Four Steps to Tornado Preparedness

Tornado Picture
Tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Every state has some risk of this hazard.

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.

Make sure you’re ready for a tornado with the How to Prepare for a Tornado Guide from Prepareathon  (formerly America’s PrepareAthon!) that explains how to protect yourself and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly at a time when every second counts.

Learn more tips from Ready.gov:
  1. Build an emergency kit.
  2. Make a family communications plan.
  3. Sign up for local emergency alerts and warnings. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.  Please enroll in the Alert Altus process offered free of charge by the City of Altus.
  4. Look for danger signs including: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating); and, a loud roar, similar to a freight train. If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

For more information, watch the When the Storm Comes preparedness video and visit the Prepareathon Tornado page.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sunday Open Streets coming March 26 from 11 am to 4 p.m.

Please come out and support OPEN STREETS!  

Jackson County Memorial Hospital will be doing Yard Domino's at booth #14

If you look on the map attached Jackson County Health Department is located at booth #13

The booth will be Building with FOAM BLOCKS – it will be easy.

 Encourage participants to be creative and have fun while playing.

 ·        This will be a fun day!  Invite your friends and family.
·        Remember to bring a bicycle if you want to  J
·        If other co-workers would like to come and help – we are also looking for help with the bike valet
·        Be sure and drop by the CARING VAN and say hello (booth # 17)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Look Before You Lock

Area emergency managers are calling on parents to "Look Before You Lock" your child in a car.

"There have already been two deaths in Florida this year," explained Lloyd Colston, Altus Emergency Management Director.

"It does not take much heat to cause a child to have heat stroke in a car," said Wayne Cain, Jackson County Emergency Management Director.

A YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWcgwBJGrnc shows how uncomfortable a car can be to a meteorologist in 90 degree outdoor heat.

  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute. 
  • "Look Before You Lock" - Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child has been left behind. 
  • Create a reminder to check the back seat. Put something you'll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park. Keep a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat. 
  • Make sure you have a strict policy in place with your childcare provider about daycare drop-off. Everyone involved in the care of your child should always be aware of their whereabouts. If your child will not be attending daycare as scheduled, it is the parent's responsibility to call and inform the childcare provider. If your child does not show up as scheduled; and they have not received a call from the parent, the childcare provider pledges to contact you immediately to ensure the safety of your child. (this is very similar to the 'absence-line' used by most elementary, middle and high schools) 
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.  Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children. 
  • If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them. 
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible. 
  • Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when many tragedies occur. 
  • Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.
This can happen to anyone, stated Colston.  From parents, to grandparents, to caregivers, no one is immune to this accident.  

He added these are the same tips to use for pets.

"Please follow the tips," said Cain, "so an accident does not become a tragedy."

Follow #LOOKB4ULock on Twitter and Facebook for more information. 

For more information about emergency management, visit http://altusem.blogspot.com.  Can can be reached at 5804820229 while 5804812260 is the number for Colston.