Emergency Management News
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Saturday, December 31, 2016
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
This program is designed to aid emergency responders in recognizing, identifying and understanding the basic components of cylinders, containers and cargo tank trucks used to transport Airgas chemicals.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
If you still need some last minute gift ideas, consider giving the gift of preparedness.
Help your friends and family members prepare for emergencies this holiday season with an item for their emergency kit.
Pick an emergency item from the lists below or find more ideas at Ready.gov.
You might consider items for a roadside emergency, such as:
For those with pets, supplies for a pet emergency kit:
For information on how to give a fully stocked emergency preparedness kit, visit the Ready.gov Build A Kit page.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Don’t let Jack Frost nip at your nose. Protect yourself from frostbite with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.
At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:
As soon as you detect the symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. If immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:
Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. For more information on frostbite, visit the CDC’s Frostbite page.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Severe weather can strike anywhere at any time. The FEMA app is an essential tool to help you weather the storm, nationwide! Receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the U.S.
The FEMA app has several features including safety tips to help you learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies. You can also prepare ahead of time with an emergency kit checklist and safety reminders.
Nearly half a million Americans already have the FEMA app. Are you one of them? If not, download the FEMA app for free on your Apple or Android device today! Encourage family, friends, and colleagues to do the same. You can use the FEMA App Social Media Toolkit to share messages, graphics, and videos across your networks.
The FEMA app is also available in English and Spanish.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The official start of winter begins December 21, but some parts of the country are already experiencing severe winter weather. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. One of the most common problems is frostbite.
Frostbite is an injury to the body caused by freezing, and most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Signs of frostbite include:
If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care immediately. If medical care is not available, follow these important tips from the CDC, including:
For more information about frostbite and how to prevent it, check out this video from the National Weather Service.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma or seen the event on television, it’s important for parents to be informed and ready to help ease their child’s stress.
According to the Ready Campaign, children may respond to disaster by demonstrating fears, sadness, or behavioral problems. These reactions may vary depending on the child’s age.
Children’s reactions are often influenced by the behavior, thoughts, and feelings of adults. Parents can help meet their child’s emotional needs by:
- Encouraging him or her to share thoughts and feelings about the incident;
- Clarifying misunderstandings about risk and danger by listening to their child’s concerns and answering questions;
- Maintaining a sense of calm by validating their child’s concerns and perceptions with discussion of concrete plans for safety; and
- Monitoring or limiting exposure to the media.
For more information about helping children cope with disaster, www.ready.gov/coping-with-
Saturday, December 3, 2016
While hypothermia generally occurs at very cold temperatures, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that it can happen even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.
As winter approaches, it’s important to know the warning signs of hypothermia and what to do if you notice those signs.
Warnings Signs of Hypothermia
If someone is suffering from hypothermia, get medical attention immediately and begin warming the person until help arrives. Find several ways to warm a person on the CDC’s Hypothermia page.
If you must go outside, prevent hypothermia by:
For more information on how to prepare for the winter, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! Winter Storm section.
Cooking, candles, decorations, electrical cords, and heating devices, are all things you can expect at a winter holiday party, but, they’re also fire hazards. Keep your holiday parties safe with these U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips:
Find Home Holiday Fire Facts, Christmas Tree Fire Safety, and other Holiday Fire Safety tips on the USFA’s Holiday Fire Safety page.
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