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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Are you prepared for a sudden emergency when traveling? Is your car fit for long trips no matter the natural disaster?
You can avoid many dangerous weather problems by planning ahead. Plan long trips carefully, listening to the radio or television for the latest weather forecasts and road conditions. You can also download the FEMA mobile application to receive severe weather alerts for up to five locations across the U.S.
If bad weather is forecasted, drive only if necessary. Additionally, have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
- Antifreeze levels to ensure they are sufficient enough to avoid freezing;
- The wear on your vehicle’s brakes and the brake fluid level; and
- Adequate tire tread.
Plus, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car in case of an emergency.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Red Cross Month provides an opportunity to honor and celebrate the everyday heroes who help the organization fulfill its mission – to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Opportunities to be a “hero” include volunteering for a worthy cause, making a donation to a charity, donating blood, or taking a safety class.
The American Red Cross offers safety training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and even how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Courses are available across the nation. Find a Red Cross safety course closest to you.
You can also volunteer for your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Volunteers assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Find a local CERT near you.
Learn more about Red Cross Month and how you can help support your community.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Have you ever heard a preparedness myth like, “In an emergency, only first responders need to know what to do” or during an earthquake, “Stand in the doorway to protect yourself”?
America’s PrepareAthon! will host a Twitter chat, using its Twitter handle –@PrepareAthon, on . Emergency professionals across the country will discuss common preparedness myths, provide facts on preparing for and staying safe during emergencies.
To follow the Twitter chat use #SafetyFacts.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Are you submitting an application for the 2016 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards? If so, we want to highlight a few reminders as you prepare your application, which can now be completed online:
Apply today! The awards are a great way to highlight all of the work you did to make your community safer, better prepared, and more resilient.
If you have questions about the awards, take a look at the list of FAQs for more information.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
There are many easy and affordable ways for individuals, families, and communities to take action to be prepared for a flood emergency.
America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Flood offers recommendations to help you protect your loved ones and valuables:
When people prepare and practice for an emergency event such as a flood, it can make a real difference in their ability to take an immediate and well-informed action. Get started by accessing flood resources on America’s PrepareAthon! website.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on for a free webinar on best practices to prepare for spring weather threats. There are many inexpensive, efficient steps you can take now to make sure your company, clients and employees are safe in the months to come.
Title: Small Business: Preparing for Severe Spring Weather
These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
The SBA partners with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “Prepare My Business” website. Visit http://www.preparemybusiness.
org/ to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.
The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, nonprofits, and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), older adults – ages 65 and older – are more likely to be injured during a fire.
It is important that older adults and their caregivers take steps to protect themselves from a fire in their home.
USFA has safety recommendations for older adults and their caregivers, which may include:
For more information about how to protect older adults in your family or community, visit the USFA website.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
For National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, gather your family and friends together to create a wildfire preparedness project in your community, and win with wildfire preparation – and possibly a funding award. State Farm is offering funding awards of $500 for wildfire preparedness projects.
As part of National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, America’s PrepareAthon! is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association(NFPA) to encourage all to host a wildfire preparedness project in their communities for the wildfire preparedness day – occurring on Saturday, May 7. State Farm will provide the funding award for 125 wildfire projects nationwide.
To be considered for the award, apply by Sunday, February 28. Include a brief description of the project you or your group will complete for the National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Any project that brings people together to take action and be prepared for wildfire counts. Some activities could include:
- Remove excess pine needles or downed tree limbs;
- Collaborate with your neighbors to develop an evacuation plan;
- Build pet evacuation kits and donate them to local animal shelters for use during disasters; and
- Help elderly neighbors put emergency contacts in their phone.
Get family and friends to vote for your project as a way to demonstrate local support for what you’re doing. Activities can be coordinated by anyone (individuals, small group, an entire neighborhood, or community-based organization) working to reduce wildfire risk and advance general wildfire preparedness, or minimize post-fire impacts from a recent wildfire.
Important Web sites
- Altus Air Base Weather
- Altus Air Force Base MOU
- Altus Area Google Alerts
- Altus Area Scanner Feed
- Altus EM Calendar
- Altus Skywarn Association
- Altus/Jackson County Emergency Operations Plan (2011)
- Altus/Jackson County Local Emergency Planning Committee
- AltusEM on Paper.LI
- Amber Alerts Oklahoma
- American Red Cross
- Are You Ready?
- Business Blog from SWTC
- City of Altus
- Civil Air Patrol
- Emergency Managers' Contact List
- Google Mail
- National Hazard Mitigation Association
- National Weather Service
- NWS Enhanced Page
- Oklahoma Emergency Management
- Oklahoma Homeland Security
- Oklahoma Ice Map
- Oklahoma State Emergency Operations Plan
- Operation CARE
- Prepare Before Disaster Strikes
- Preparedness Calendar
- Quanah, TX Weather Station
- Radio Reference Scanner Link
- Spotter Network
- Taking Shelter from the Storm