Are you ready for National Night Out? On , join this annual campaign promoting police-community partnerships and camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer.
Building safer neighborhoods also includes preparing those communities for disaster. Celebrate National Night Out by volunteering with your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT),Citizen Corps, or its partner programs. Through these organizations, you can learn about opportunities to help support first responders during emergencies. There are Citizen Corps partner programs to fit a variety of interests, including
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) hosted a week-long workshop on ways it can work with local, state, and federal governments to provide assistance for emergencies.
“The Department of Defense brings capabilities that no other federal agency has, and it’s important for us to be able to work together, so that we can link capability to need,” said Deanne Criswell, director of operational coordination at FEMA.
DoD officials led discussions on best practices and how to identify areas of improvement, while stressing the importance of DoD in building relationships within the disaster relief community.
For more information, check out the article “Defense Support of Civil Authorities Stressed at EPLO Workshop.”
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Have you heard? National Parents’ Day is . In observance of this occasion, we encourage you to take specific actions to prepare your family for emergencies. America’s PrepareAthon! and the Ready Campaign highlight several ways you can prepare for the unexpected.
Some of these actions include:
Disasters can be stressful for kids. Try to make emergency planning fun for children in your family! Visit ready.gov/kids for exciting games, quizzes, and other resources to help young children and teens understand the importance of being prepared.
Disasters also impact older adults. Visit ready.gov/seniors to learn more about preparing older Americans for the unexpected.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Emergencies can abruptly change your living and sleeping situation.
You may be in need of temporary living quarters. To find a local shelter near you, text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) on your mobile phone.
The American Red Cross and other voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations provide inclusive shelters in cases of emergency evacuations.
The shelters are free of charge and provide meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support, and health services like first aid. When planning for possible evacuation, also:
- Create a pet emergency plan, as many public emergency shelters don't permit pets in their facilities for health and space reasons. However, shelters are required by law to accept service animals.
- Have an emergency supply kit with essential items for each member of your family with or without disabilities and your pets or service animal that can be ready to go if you need to leave home and seek refuge in a shelter.
- Plan ahead for transportation that you may need for evacuation. Work with local services, public transportation, or paratransit to identify local or private accessible transportation options.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
There are many ways business owners can prepare their organizations for emergencies. The Ready Campaign can assist entrepreneurs in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. The five steps in developing a preparedness program are Program Management, Planning,Implementation, Testing and Exercises, and Program Improvement.
For example, your business’ program management plan should include short and long-term objectives that protect the safety of employees, visitors, contractors and others at risk from hazards at the facility. The objectives of a preparedness program include:
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
The FEMA app can help Americans through emergencies. The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters.
The app also will enable users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. This feature allows users to receive alerts on severe weather happening anywhere they select in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends.
The FEMA app also offers a “Disaster Reporter” feature, where users can upload and share photos of disaster damage.
The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices. Download the app today!
Users who already have the app downloaded on their smartphones should download the latest update for the new alerts feature to take effect. Information on the app is available in English and Spanish.
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