Emergency Management News

Friday, September 30, 2016

Prepare for Fall Storms #WRN #Skywarn #AltusOK

Altus --- As National Preparedness Month comes to a close, area emergency managers call on residents to be weather aware during the fall storm season.

"Area residents should continue to have a 72-hour kit," said Wayne Cain, Jackson County Emergency Manager.  "Keeping the supplies rotated through the year is important as well."

Oklahoma's fall storm season has brought tornadoes to Tulsa in December, according to Lloyd Colston, Altus Emergency Management director.  He noted that, historically, there is no month in which Jackson County has not had a tornado reported.

Citizens are encouraged to have three ways to get weather warnings.  Those include:

*  All-Hazards radio broadcast from the National Weather Service with a specially designed receiver that has a specific area message encoder technology.  Information may be found at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/.

*  Alert Altus allows users to get text and email warnings for the Altus area.  Information and signup is at http://altusok.gov/alertaltus

* Local radio and television stations broadcast severe weather alerts.  A battery powered AM-FM radio or television set will be important during power outages.  Media also have text and email weather alerting applications.

*  Local amateur radio operators relay reports to the National Weather Service Office in Norman.  Radio scanners can be used to listen to the reports.

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