Emergency Management News

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Altus Update for Thanksgiving #AltusOK

Good morning, troops and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

The good news is we are getting rain that will help us overcome the D1 Drought conditions.


Watch the Oklahoma Mesonet wind indicators stop as they ice over at http://mesonet.org/.  There will be "measles" on the screen too as the stations fail.

With the air temperature forecast to fall below freezing Friday evening and park there through Sunday morning, the brisk winds will drive the wind chills into the teens and low 20s.  Bundle up, if you are working outside.

“Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.” http://rdcrss.org/1lLWAjJ

The period when most of the freezing rain is expected is from noon Friday through Saturday morning.  Total freezing rain of .2 inches is forecast through Sunday.

One of the tools to come from my FIRST ice storm was the SPIA Index.  Yes, the “Sperry-Piltz Ice Accumulation Index” http://bit.ly/1Smi7JZ is known Nationwide and used by electric utilities to work to over come these sort of challenges.  Both Sid Sperry and Steve Piltz are professionals in their respective disciplines.

As you can see, from the graphic, the icing is forecast to be worse to our North and West.  

Your Oklahoma MesoNet soil temperature graphic also offers good news.

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With temperature at 59 degrees two inches down, this does not look to be a crop-freezing event and the ground temperature will remain around or above freezing.  In other words, elevated surfaces will freeze first.

TRAVEL will be over WET roads.  Bridges and overpasses will freeze first.  Travel wisely.

Use http://www.dps.state.ok.us/cgi-bin/weathermap.cgi and OK 888-425-2385 AR 800-245-1672 CO 303-639-1111 KS 866-511-5368 MO 800-222-6400 NM 800-432-4269 TX 800-452-9292 to plan your travel.  Do NOT call 911 to ask about slick roads, please.

Check http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ and your favorite broadcast source for updates through the weekend.

In summary, expect ice which MAY lead to some power outages in the area.  I have confidence in our City Electric Department.  Bundle up against the wind chill.  Plan your travel well and, if you don't HAVE to go to Braum's at 3 a.m., don't.  Expect this to be a short event compared to the 2010 ice storm.

Above all, enjoy Thanksgiving with your friends and neighbors as well as celebrate “Good Grief Day”. http://bit.ly/1MEgNkb

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Which fire extinguisher do you use? #OKfire

In an emergency, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property when used to put out a small fire. However, when it comes to extinguishers, one type does not fit all.
Did you know there are several types of fire extinguishers? Each one is designed to extinguish different kinds of fires:
  • A:  For use with materials like cloth, wood, and paper;
  • A-B-C or B-C: Multi-purpose fire extinguishers best suited for home use. Most home improvement stores carry fire extinguishers that cover class A through class C;
  • B:  For use with combustible and flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints;
  • C:  For use with electrical equipment like appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in;
  • D:  For use with flammable metals like aluminum, magnesium, and titanium; and
  • K:  For use with vegetable oils, animal oils, and fats in cooking appliances.
Before using an extinguisher, please keep in mind that the U. S. Fire Administration recommends that only people trained in the proper use and maintenance of fire extinguishers consider using them when appropriate! Contact your local fire department for training information.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

American Red Cross offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips #AltusOK

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, and good food, but as you are checking your shopping lists, recipes, or directions to the spot where you will eat your Thanksgiving meal, keep these safety tips in mind.
Fire Safety
Each year there are more than 4,000 fires on Thanksgiving Day, according to the U.S Fire Administration.
To keep your home, friends and family safe, follow these tips:
  • Make sure smoke detectors are working before starting your holiday cooking.
  • Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet from heat sources in the kitchen.
  • Avoid loose clothing and short sleeves when cooking.
  • Turn off stoves, ovens and kitchen appliances when finished using them.
  • Set timers to keep track of extended cooking times.
  • Turn pot and pan handles inward on the stove, to avoid accidents.
  • If deep-frying a turkey, keep your fryer outside and away from buildings and other flammable materials and do not overfill it with oil. State Farm’s turkey explosion video is a good reminder of why these tips are so important.
  • Food Safety (see more tips from the USDA):
  • If thawing a turkey in the refrigerator, allow 24 hours for every five pounds.
  • If using cold water for thawing, allow 30 minutes per pound.
  • If microwaving to thaw out a turkey, cook immediately.
  • For safety, stuffing a turkey is not recommended, cook stuffing separately instead.
  • Throw out leftovers sitting at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Divide leftovers into covered, shallow containers, for more even cooling.
  • Use refrigerated leftovers within three to four days.
  • Health Safety
    Choking Emergency:
  • If a person can cough, speak and has normal skin color, encourage them to cough to help clear their airway.
  • If the person cannot breathe, speak or cough, call 911 right away and help clear their airway with these techniques.
  • Burn First Aid:
  • Cool off the burn with a cloth soaked in water.
  • After the burn has been cooled, cover it loosely with a bandage or clean cloth.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen for pain.
  • Watch for signs of a burn infection requiring medical attention, including increased redness, swelling, oozing and pain in the affected area.
  • For major burns, call 911. Burns that result from chemicals or electricity also require immediate attention.
  • Road Safety
    If a night of good food and drinks has you feeling less than alert, you can reach out to AAA’s free tipsy tow for a ride home. The program offers a free tow for drinking drivers, whether or not they are AAA members, from 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 until 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23 in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. Call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the operator “I need a Tipsy Tow” for a free tow of up to five miles. Service is restricted to a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver’s home.
    Media Contact: Elizabeth Shemaria, Cell: 415 940-3392,elizabeth.shemaria@redcross.org
    24 hour media hotlines: 415 427-8800 or 831 600-4988

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