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Emergency Management News
Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Jackson (OKZ036) Oklahoma Issued by the National Weather ServiceWind Advisory issued October 15 at 3:06AM CDT until October 15 at 7:00AM CDT by NWS - ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT THIS MORNING... * WINDS...North 20 to 35 mph with gusts around 40 mph. * TIMING...Now through 7 AM this m...5 days ago
Official: Sonar may have detected wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 - Indonesian searchers battled bad weather Wednesday in their efforts to find more remains from AirAsia Flight QZ8501, a day after the first signs of debris ...2 years ago
New York police sued over residential building patrols – CNN.com - OK this one, I just could not leave alone. New York police sued over residential building patrols – CNN.com. Here is my question: If the landlord (owner)...5 years ago
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HHS Will Re-examine its Disaster Preparedness Plan - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today that her department would review its disaster preparedness plan in the wake of difficulties to manufacture and d...7 years ago
TIME: Wikipedia for Spies: The CIA Discovers Web 2.0 - There's a quiet revolution underway at the CIA and its sister agencies. A new generation of analysts, determined to drag their Cold War–era colleagues into...8 years ago
State-by-State Report on the Status of Emergency Medicine - As a nice complement to the "Ready or Not?" report released earlier this week, the American College of Emergency Physicians has published its annual "Natio...8 years ago
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
This year marks the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law in 1990 by President George HW Bush, the ADA prohibits discrimination and mandates equal opportunities for people with disabilities in employment, state, and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunication.
If you or someone you know has a disability or access or functional needs, be sure to take additional steps to stay safe, healthy, mobile, and independent during a disaster.
Find out about assistance programs that may be available in your community and register in advance with your local office of emergency services, non-profit groups, and health departments.
Stay mobile and independent by including items in your disaster supply kit that meet your needs such as:
- Extra eyeglasses and hearing aids;
- Medical prescriptions;
- Batteries and chargers for assistance devices; and
- Written descriptions of service needs.
Looking for more ways to plan for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs? Check out this video from the ReadyCampaign and the Ad Council. The video is for all communities and shows people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. The video provides equal access and includes open captioning, a certified deaf interpreter, and audio description for viewers who are blind or have low vision.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Power outages can jeopardize the safety of the food stored in your home refrigerator or freezer. If you lose electricity, do you know how to determine if your food is safe to eat? The U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) offers tips to follow before and after a power outage to minimize loss of food and lower the risk of foodborne illness:
Keep in mind that your refrigerator will keep food cold safely for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
Did you know that a flood or fire can also impact the safety of food in your home? Be sure to check out the FAQs on the USDA website about keeping food safe after these emergencies.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Earthquakes may happen where we work, live, or travel. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an opportunity for everyone, everywhere, to practice earthquake safety and other aspects of emergency plans. The goal of ShakeOut is to prevent earthquakes from becoming major catastrophes, by encouraging the whole community to take preparedness actions together. That’s why ShakeOut is a major partner of America’s PrepareAthon!
The 2016 International ShakeOut day is October 20, when millions of people worldwide will hold earthquake drills in schools, organizations, communities, and households. Hold your ShakeOut drill on 10/20 or any other day of the year.
Visit ShakeOut.org to register your participation, find resources, and learn more. Then invite friends, family, and colleagues to participate in #ShakeOut too!
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
NATURAL GAS PIPELINE SAFETY:
KNOW THE SIGNS THAT KEEP YOU SAFE
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR SAFETY
CenterPoint Energy is committed to the safe and reliable operation of our natural gas transmission pipelines and distribution system in your community. You probably live or work near a CenterPoint Energy pipeline, and being aware of pipeline locations, taking safety precautions before you dig, and recognizing the signs of gas leaks can help prevent safety hazards.
HOW CAN YOU TELL WHERE A PIPELINE IS LOCATED?
Since most pipelines are buried underground, pipeline markers are used to indicate their approximate location along the route. They cannot be relied upon to indicate the exact position of the pipeline. The markers, which can be found where a transmission pipeline intersects a street, highway or railway, display the following:
Pipeline Marker - This marker is the most commonly seen. It contains operator information, type of product, and an emergency contact number.
Aerial Marker - These skyway facing markers are used by patrol planes that monitor pipeline rights-of-way.
Casing Vent Marker - This marker indicates that a pipeline (protected by a steel outer casing) passes beneath a nearby roadway, rail line or other crossing.
You can view and download maps of transmission pipelines in your county atnpms.phmsa.dot.gov.
CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG TO LOCATE UNDERGROUND UTILITY LINES
Local distribution pipelines in neighborhoods are not typically identified with pipeline markers. A call to 811 will help identify the location of these pipelines. 811 is a free, national service to help protect home and business owners from unintentionally damaging underground utility lines while digging. Here’s what you need to know:
What to do if you are digging and disturb a pipeline
Even if you cause what seems to be only minor damage to a pipeline, notify the pipeline company immediately. A gouge, scrape, dent or crease to the pipe or coating may cause a future break or leak. It is imperative that the pipeline company be notified so that it can inspect and make any necessary repairs to potential damage to the line. Many states have laws requiring damages to be reported to the facility owner and/or the One-Call Center by dialing 811. Do not attempt to make the repairs to the line yourself. If a line is ruptured or leaking, call 911 and the pipeline operator, if known.
Pipeline Access and Security
If you have a pipeline easement on your property, protect the pipeline by knowing the details of your easement agreement and avoiding activities that could endanger underground lines. Remember the following:
RECOGNIZE A NATURAL GAS LEAK BY USING YOUR EYES, EARS,
Natural gas leaks can be hazardous. While natural gas is non-toxic, in high concentrations, it may cause dizziness or asphyxiation without warning. Natural gas vapors are lighter than air and will generally rise and dissipate; however, they may gather in a confined space and travel to a source of ignition. Under certain conditions, natural gas leaking into the atmosphere can result in flammable mixtures that can ignite, so keep ignition sources away from the apparent source of the leak.
Some people may not be able to smell the odor, or in rare circumstances, the odor can fade. For more detailed information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Safety.
SMELL GAS? DON'T IGNORE IT. LEAVE FAST:
What to do if you suspect a natural gas leak
If you see, hear or smell the signs of a natural gas leak, your first concern should be for your personal safety and the safety of those around you. CenterPoint Energy investigates suspected natural gas leaks at no cost to you.
HOW WE ARE MAKING OUR SYSTEM SAFER
CenterPoint Energy owns and operates over 120,000 miles of main and service lines that deliver gas to communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. In Minnesota, we operate eight propane-air peak shaving facilities, one liquefied natural gas facility and one underground storage facility. Every year, we invest millions of dollars in our natural gas system to address safety, reliability, and growth. We have also invested in highly sensitive drive-by leak detection technology that enhances our leak detection capabilities.
CenterPoint Energy monitors the operations of our pipelines from our control centers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our pipelines are designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained in accordance with all applicable federal and state requirements. We maintain our safety record by routine inspections, corrosion protection, maintenance and testing programs, employee training and public education.
Due to their proximity to populated or environmentally sensitive areas, some portions of our pipeline systems have been designated as High Consequence Areas. These areas are subject to increased inspection and maintenance measures, known as an Integrity Management Program. More details on CenterPoint Energy's integrity management programs can be found at centerpointenergy.com/en-us/
CenterPoint Energy's actions during an emergency
In a natural gas emergency, CenterPoint Energy immediately dispatches personnel to the site to help handle the emergency and provide information to public safety officials to aid in their response. Our personnel will restrict the flow of gas as needed to protect people, property and the environment.
SAFETY IS OUR FOREMOST VALUE
CenterPoint Energy’s natural gas transmission and distribution businesses have been serving customers for more than a century. We work and live in the communities we serve according to our values of safety, accountability, initiative, integrity and respect. We will continue to embrace new technologies that allow us to run our systems more efficiently, more effectively, more reliably and more safely.
For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Safety. If you have questions, please contact CenterPoint Energy.
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