Emergency Management News
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Friday, September 30, 2016
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.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
You never know where you’ll be when an emergency occurs, so it’s a good idea to be ready wherever you are. That means preparing supplies for your home, work, and vehicle.
The Ready Campaign has information about creating a disaster supply kit for each location.
For your home:
- Create a kit containing enough food, water, and supplies to last at least three days; and
- Keep the kit in a designated place and make sure family members know where it is.
For your work:
- Be prepared to shelter in place for at least 24 hours;
- Include food, water, and other necessities like medicines in your kit. Keep the kit in one container and be ready to grab and go; and
- Have comfortable walking shoes in case an evacuation requires walking long distances.
For your vehicle:
- Include jumper cables, flashlights, clothing, and a first aid kit; and
- Consider having a fully charged cell phone and phone charger, flares, baby formula, and diapers if you have a small child.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The local American Red Cross and Salvation Army can always use volunteers. There's a volunteer recruitment effort on September 20 at the local chapter office on Willard. Call 5804825303 for details.
Community service is often one of the most rewarding ways to spend free time. During my year as a national service volunteer, I learned that giving time to your community or other communities is one of the most gratifying things you can do.
Giving your time to help communities across the country to be more prepared is incredibly important. There are many ways to do so:
This week is a great time to consider spending some time serving your community as Sunday, September 11th was commemorated as a day of service--honoring the first responders and civilians that lost their lives 15 years ago.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Safe rooms are a good way to protect you and your family or employees from hurricanes or tornadoes. Having a safe room for your home or business can help provide “near-absolute protection” from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds.
Are you interested in building a safe room for your home or small business? Download FEMA P-320 Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business, and FEMA P-361 Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms. These publications help home or small business owners assess their risk and determine the best safe room for their needs.
To learn more about safe rooms, visit fema.gov/safe-rooms. You can also check out this list of FAQs.
If a safe room in not available during a hurricane, the best protective action is to evacuate before the hurricane makes landfall. Otherwise, seek the best available shelter:
To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family during severe weather, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
National Preparedness Month. The theme for this week is “Preparing Through Service.”is week three of
Need ideas for how you can participate? There are several things you can do, including:
We encourage you to participate in this national campaign to prepare individuals, families, and communities across the nation. Check out the 2016 National Preparedness Month Social Media Toolkit to find valuable resources to promote the weekly theme, including community service graphics and special social media messages to share with family, friends, and colleagues.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Looking for a way to make disaster preparedness fun for kids? Check out the new PSA from Save the Children and 20th Century Fox featuring characters from the upcoming movie Ice Age: Collision Course! The children’s rights organization and film distributor recently teamed up to encourage parents to create In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards for their children so families can quickly reunite after a disaster.
Make an ICE card with phone numbers of family and friends you can call in case of an emergency. Print the free cards at home, put one copy in your child’s bag, and keep another copy for yourself.
Disasters can strike when you least expect them. Plan ahead to stay connected to those you love. Create your ICE card today!
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Join the September 11 National Day of Service & Remembrance #AltusOK #OKready @CitizenCorp #Prep2Serve
One way to show your support for National Preparedness Month is through volunteering. Volunteers can play an important role in their communities by helping first responders after a disaster. Join thousands of Americans participating in the to honor those who lost their lives during the September 11, 2001 attacks. The National Day of Service is also dedicated to survivors and those who served their communities following the attacks. National Day of Service and RemembranceFind volunteer opportunities in your area today!
Also, @Citizen_Corps will host a Twitter chat on Friday, September 9 at 1 PM ET discussing the importance of volunteering and ways you can support your community. Join the conversation using #Prep2Serve.
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