Emergency Management News

Sunday, June 30, 2013

July #AltusOK area calendar from @OKmesonet

Periods of Record
# - large gaps in record
1T Avgs: 95/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T110 (1980)
Low T56 (1922)
Precip1.21 (1953)
2T Avgs: 95/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
High T111 (1980)
Low T58 (1924)
Precip1.10 (1968)
3T Avgs: 96/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T112 (1980)
Low T59 (1924)
Precip0.87 (2010)
4T Avgs: 96/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T111 (1980)
Low T59* (1922)
Precip1.48 (1950)
5T Avgs: 96/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T110 (1947)
Low T56 (1915)
Precip1.45 (1950)
6T Avgs: 96/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T110 (1996)
Low T56 (1931)
Precip2.05 (1920)
7T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T110 (1998)
Low T60 (2004)
Precip3.67 (1914)
8T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T107 (1925)
Low T56 (1952)
Precip2.40 (1928)
9T Avgs: 98/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T110 (1917)
Low T57 (1952)
Precip2.08 (1996)
10T Avgs: 97/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T109 (2009)
Low T59 (1952)
Precip1.60 (1996)
11T Avgs: 98/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T111 (1933)
Low T60 (1999)
Precip1.51 (1996)
12T Avgs: 97/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
High T110 (1954)
Low T60 (1975)
Precip1.68 (1944)
13T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T109* (1923)
Low T58 (1990)
Precip1.05 (1927)
14T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T110 (1936)
Low T55 (1990)
Precip0.99 (1996)
15T Avgs: 98/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T110 (1936)
Low T60 (1987)
Precip2.02 (1968)
16T Avgs: 97/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T110 (2001)
Low T61 (1959)
Precip0.70 (1992)
17T Avgs: 98/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T111 (1989)
Low T61 (1919)
Precip1.72 (1919)
18T Avgs: 98/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T110 (1936)
Low T63 (1930)
Precip0.88 (1979)
19T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 19%
High T120 (1936)
Low T61 (1928)
Precip2.04 (1967)
20T Avgs: 98/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T110 (1936)
Low T62 (1947)
Precip1.37 (1950)
21T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T110 (1981)
Low T54 (1915)
Precip2.25 (1915)
22T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T110 (1981)
Low T56 (1970)
Precip1.90 (1926)
23T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T110 (1943)
Low T54 (1970)
Precip0.80 (1971)
24T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
High T110 (1943)
Low T62* (1915)
Precip3.18 (1995)
25T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T112 (1954)
Low T60 (1927)
Precip2.11 (1975)
26T Avgs: 97/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
High T110 (1963)
Low T59 (2004)
Precip1.68 (1975)
27T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T108* (1964)
Low T60 (1994)
Precip0.61 (1950)
28T Avgs: 98/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T109* (1936)
Low T56 (2005)
Precip0.60 (1991)
29T Avgs: 98/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
High T109 (2008)
Low T58 (2005)
Precip0.96 (2002)
30T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T110 (1947)
Low T58* (1965)
Precip2.70 (1925)
31T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
High T109 (1914)
Low T57 (1925)
Precip1.36 (1979)
* - Record since tied
Highlight = Jul record
All Temps in deg F
All Precip in inches
Sig Prcp Freq = Pct of
days with >= 0.1" precip
Jul. Averages
High Temp98 F
Low Temp71 F
Avg Temp84 F

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Why does Altus have a Local Emergency Planning Committee?

In a news article, "Poor planning left Texas firefighters unprepared" http://yhoo.it/17pGeo0

"Known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, the law requires companies to tell emergency responders about the hazardous chemicals stored on their properties. But even when companies do so, the law stops there: After the paperwork is filed, it is up to the companies and local firefighters, paramedics and police to plan and train for potential disasters."

Altus and Jackson County have a Local Emergency Planning Committee that meets quarterly.

Won't you join in the planning process?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Using Home Oxygen Safely

What Everyone Needs to Know: When a Private Health Problem Becomes a Public Safety Threat 

Join USFA for a Free Webinar on June 26
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:

This FREE webinar is presented by the U.S. Fire Administration’s Prevention Advocacy Resources and Data Exchange (PARADE) Network which consists of fire marshals from across the country.

This webinar will explain the size, scope and the physics of the fire problem involving home use of medical oxygen using examples from Arizona and Massachusetts. We will explore the process the Massachusetts Office of the State Fire Marshal went through to develop a task force to address the issue of fires involving home oxygen and create a public awareness campaign. Like juvenile firesetting, this issue requires a multi-disciplinary approach and understanding what other groups can and cannot bring to the table is key. The result is a statewide public awareness campaign for patients, families, physicians, home visitors, medical equipment companies, elder service workers, and first responders to establish a knowledge baseline that was lacking.

The webinar will also discuss a case study review of a fatal working residential fire in a Scottsdale, AZ home that was protected with an automatic sprinkler system.  This October 2001 fire, and the associated outcome, was impacted by a resident and his home oxygen system

To learn more about this topic, please register for this webinar.

Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation with login details from webinars@safekids.org

Title:Using Home Oxygen Safely- What Everyone Needs to Know: When a Private Health Problem Becomes a Public Safety Threat

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Saturday, June 15, 2013

PHMSA Pipeline Safety Workshop to Be Webcast

The June 19-20 workshop in Dallas is intended to identify ways to strengthen public awareness of pipeline safety issues. 

DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is inviting stakeholders and the public to attend a June 19-20 workshop, either in person or online, because the two-day event at a Richardson, Texas, hotel will be available as a webcast. The free workshop will allow stakeholders to discuss findings from recent federal and state public awareness inspections, learn about public awareness challenges and successes, and identify ways to strengthen pipeline safety public awareness. 

Public awareness efforts actually are required because PHMSA in 2005 incorporated by reference into its regulatory program under 49 CFR 192.616 and 49 CFR 195.440, the American Petroleum Institute's Recommended Practice 1162, "Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators (1st edition)." This means pipeline operators must develop and implement public awareness programs consistent with requirements specified in the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 for four specific audiences: the affected public, emergency response officials, local public officials, and excavators. 

Anyone interested in attending in person may register online. To watch the webcast of the meeting, follow this link on the day of the meeting:http://www.onlinevideoservice.com/clients/PHMSA/PublicAwarenessWorkshop/index.html 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Help Wanted Stillwater


Fire Protection Publications (FPP) is seeking applications for the position of Instructional Developer. FPP is a department within the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and is the headquarters of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). As the world’s leading publisher of high quality and technically accurate training materials, FPP provides a vital service to the fire and emergency services.
The position of Instructional Developer is responsible for creating and editing original curriculum and testing materials for adult learners based on training manuals and professional qualifications standards. This individual will also be responsible for development and preparation of all instructional and student support materials including, but not limited to, quizzes, student workbooks, digital slides, classroom activities, and study guides. This candidate will also coordinate or perform editorial review of curriculum drafts, student materials, and curriculum-related advertising materials for correct technical content, consistency, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style. Qualified candidates will be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word® and PowerPoint®.
Minimum qualifications for the position include a Bachelor’s degree in adult, vocational, or occupational education or related field plus four years work-related experience in the curriculum development, adult or vocational training, emergency services training, technical writing, instructional design, or related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.
To be considered for the Instructional Developer position, please apply online athttps://jobs.okstate.edu.  For assistance contact Oklahoma State University Human Resources, 405-744-7401.  For full consideration applications should be received by, June 14, 2013. The position will be filled contingent on available funding.  Job requires relocation to Stillwater, OK or surrounding area.
Applications should include a letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications and a resume which includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) persons who have direct knowledge the candidate’s experience and professional abilities. If possible, include a portfolio of representative curriculum development work.
Oklahoma State University is an AA/EEO/E-Verify committed to diversity.  OSU-Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Free Tornado Warning & Alert App by American Red Cross

Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado
App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts
everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that
comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and
simple step-by-step advice it's never been easier to be ready.

From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and we will
send you a link to download the app to your phone or you can download
them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.


• Simple step-by-step instructions to help you know what-to-do even if
the cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before,
during, and after requires no mobile connectivity.
• Audible siren that automatically goes off even if app is closed when
NOAA issues a TORNADO WARNING helping to reduce the chance of sleeping
through an actual warning.
• Push notification sent when a WARNING expires – especially important
if power goes out while you or your family are in your safe room.
• Help distant friends and family in tornado alley with ability to
receive tornado watch and warning alerts based on their location from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
• Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most.
• Be ready should a tornado hit by learning how to assemble an
emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or
• Reduce your household's stress and anxiety should a tornado hit by
learning to make and practice an emergency plan.
• Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety
information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with
your friends and show off your tornado knowledge.
• Know how many tornadoes have occurred in your area.
• Know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado alert.
• Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages.
• Simply let friends/family know you're safe with customizable "I'm
Safe" notification sharable thru social media, text and email.
• Let others know where you are with the Toolkit's strobe light,
flashlight and audible alert functions.