Emergency Management News

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Prepare During Older Americans Month

FEMA Meets with Seniors
May is Older Americans Month and a great time to ensure you or any members of your household prepare for emergencies.  

The first step is identifying what you or older adults in your household may need to be prepared. Evaluate those needs, include them in your emergency plan, and add any necessary items to your emergency supply kit. The Ready Campaign recommends seniors consider the following measures:
  • Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, and co-workers to aid you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment. If appropriate, discuss your needs with your employer.
  • Keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals, and any other items you might need.
  • Keep written copies of your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and orders for medical equipment, including dosage, treatment, and allergy information in your emergency kit.
  • Make a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require.
  • Talk with your medical service providers about their emergency plans if you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital or if you receive regular services such as home health care, treatment, or transportation. Work with them to identify back-up service providers and incorporate them into your personal support network.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other sources to store for your reference. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides an online tool intended to help people locate and access their electronic health records from a variety of sources.
  • Coordinate with friends, family, or specialty transportation service providers in the event of a mandatory evacuation.

Find more information on preparedness for older Americans at www.ready.gov/seniors.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Now Is the Time to Apply for the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

ICP Awards Call for Applications
Did you or someone you know make advancements in preparedness over the past year? If so, apply for or nominate them for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Award.

These awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster.

This year, the awards will showcase achievements in the following categories:
  • Outstanding Citizen Corps Council
  • Community Preparedness Champions
  • Awareness to Action
  • Technological Innovation
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness
  • John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award
  • Outstanding Private Sector Initiatives
  • Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives
  • Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program
  • Prepareathon in Action

For consideration in this year’s awards, send all applications to fema-icp-awards@fema.dhs.gov by May 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applications need to feature program activities occurring between January 1, 2016 and May 30, 2017. For more information on how to apply, visit www.ready.gov/preparedness-awards.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What do you think about NIMS Resource Management?


Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released five documents designed to strengthen the Resource Management component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and is now beginning a 30-day National Engagement period. The National Engagement period will conclude at 5 p.m. EDT on June 9, 2017.

NIMS provides a consistent, common approach, and vocabulary to enable the whole community to work together seamlessly to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.

The drafts released today include the NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and accompanying Position Task Books (PTBs), the NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, and an updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel. Together, these documents are designed to enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.
  • NIMS Guideline for the NQS provides a common language and approach for qualifying and certifying deployable emergency personnel, enabling enables mutual aid partners to accurately communicate resource needs in disasters.
  • NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.
  • NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs) identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident position.
  • The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid is designed to help unify mutual aid efforts by providing stakeholders with common practice and processes for use in mutual aid planning.
  • The updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel provide national standards and guidance for credentialing incident personnel.

FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft documents and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback. All open webinars are geared toward the whole community.

National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure that the final documents reflect the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. To review the drafts of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, and to obtain additional webinar information, visit https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement.

To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

In the Path of a Tornado

Tornado Preparedness Graphic
This spring, learn how to prepare and react should a tornado watch or warning be issued for your area.  

This April, there have been tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin.

Do you know if your neighborhood is at risk for tornadoes? The tips to stay safe in a tornado are simple and easy to practice.

Whether you find yourself in a building, in a vehicle or outside during a storm, Ready.gov provides the following specific actions to stay safe.

In apartments, houses, small buildings or high-rises: 
  • Go to a pre-designated area or safe room designed and built to Federal Emergency Management Agency P-361 criteria or tornado storm shelter built to ICC 500 criteria.
  • If a safe room is not available or you are unable to move there safely, take shelter in a basement, storm cellar, or to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

In a mobile home or office:
  • Leave immediately and go to a pre-identified location such as the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

Outside with no shelter  
  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas.
  • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or another cushion if possible.
  • Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge.

For more information, visit the Ready.gov Tornadoes page and download the Prepareathon How to Prepare for a Tornado guide.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Warning Signs: Heat Stroke #AltusOK #OKwx

Heat stroke infographic
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly, sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.
Do you know the signs of heat stroke? While warning signs may vary, symptoms may include:
  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit);
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating);
  • Rapid, strong pulse; and
  • Dizziness. 
According to the CDC, if someone experiences signs of a heat stroke, have someone else call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the person by: 
  • Getting him or her to a shady area; and/or
  • Immersing the person in a tub of cool water, placing him or her in a cool shower, or spraying the person with cool water from a garden hose. 
Be sure to monitor the person’s body temperature, and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit. If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions. Don’t give the victim fluids to drink.

If emergency treatment isn’t provided, heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability. To learn more about this and other heat-related illnesses, visit the CDC website.

For questions about extreme heat safety, check out the CDC’s list of FAQs.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

May Climate Data is supplied by @OKmesonet

1T Avgs: 79/52
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T100 (2002)
Low T34* (1960)
Precip2.62 (2000)
2T Avgs: 79/52
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T100 (1927)
Low T36 (1967)
Precip4.27 (1956)
3T Avgs: 80/53
Sig Prcp Freq: 17%
High T105 (1996)
Low T35 (1954)
Precip2.50 (1941)
4T Avgs: 80/52
Sig Prcp Freq: 19%
High T104 (1996)
Low T37* (1945)
Precip1.54 (1957)
5T Avgs: 81/54
Sig Prcp Freq: 24%
High T98* (1940)
Low T41* (1917)
Precip1.59 (2001)
6T Avgs: 82/55
Sig Prcp Freq: 23%
High T98 (1927)
Low T39 (1944)
Precip1.20 (1995)
7T Avgs: 82/54
Sig Prcp Freq: 20%
High T102 (1955)
Low T38 (1960)
Precip1.55 (1969)
8T Avgs: 82/54
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T103 (1918)
Low T34 (1984)
Precip2.33 (1922)
9T Avgs: 81/55
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
High T100 (1928)
Low T37 (1923)
Precip2.06 (1997)
10T Avgs: 80/55
Sig Prcp Freq: 19%
High T106 (1967)
Low T41 (1981)
Precip2.49 (1943)
11T Avgs: 81/55
Sig Prcp Freq: 19%
High T103 (2000)
Low T40 (1981)
Precip1.78 (1954)
12T Avgs: 82/55
Sig Prcp Freq: 21%
High T99 (1921)
Low T39 (1979)
Precip2.60 (1929)
13T Avgs: 82/55
Sig Prcp Freq: 19%
High T99* (1956)
Low T38 (1966)
Precip2.36 (2005)
14T Avgs: 82/56
Sig Prcp Freq: 17%
High T101 (1952)
Low T43* (1953)
Precip3.07 (1923)
15T Avgs: 83/55
Sig Prcp Freq: 23%
High T101 (1966)
Low T37 (1942)
Precip1.99 (1920)
16T Avgs: 84/57
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T103* (1966)
Low T39 (1945)
Precip4.60 (1980)
17T Avgs: 85/58
Sig Prcp Freq: 19%
High T104* (1927)
Low T38 (1945)
Precip1.79 (1951)
18T Avgs: 85/59
Sig Prcp Freq: 20%
High T102 (1927)
Low T43 (2002)
Precip3.38 (1957)
19T Avgs: 86/58
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
High T102 (2006)
Low T43 (1971)
Precip1.75 (1931)
20T Avgs: 86/59
Sig Prcp Freq: 21%
High T104 (2006)
Low T44 (1981)
Precip2.67 (2001)
21T Avgs: 86/59
Sig Prcp Freq: 18%
High T105 (1953)
Low T45 (1967)
Precip2.63 (1941)
22T Avgs: 87/60
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
High T105* (1939)
Low T41* (1931)
Precip2.65 (1959)
23T Avgs: 87/60
Sig Prcp Freq: 24%
High T112 (2000)
Low T45 (1917)
Precip3.95 (1987)
24T Avgs: 86/61
Sig Prcp Freq: 20%
High T109 (2000)
Low T47 (1930)
Precip1.57 (1954)
25T Avgs: 86/61
Sig Prcp Freq: 20%
High T105 (1989)
Low T45 (1930)
Precip2.90 (1974)
26T Avgs: 87/61
Sig Prcp Freq: 26%
High T104 (1953)
Low T47 (1930)
Precip1.48 (1999)
27T Avgs: 86/61
Sig Prcp Freq: 27%
High T103 (1958)
Low T45 (1961)
Precip2.02 (1977)
28T Avgs: 86/61
Sig Prcp Freq: 23%
High T103 (1927)
Low T47 (1992)
Precip2.87 (1980)
29T Avgs: 88/61
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
High T106 (1998)
Low T40 (1947)
Precip2.23 (1987)
30T Avgs: 88/62
Sig Prcp Freq: 20%
High T108 (2003)
Low T45 (1947)
Precip2.28 (1963)
31T Avgs: 88/63
Sig Prcp Freq: 19%
High T104 (1985)
Low T48* (1924)
Precip1.26 (1957)
Periods of Record
# - large gaps in record
* - Record since tied
Highlight = May record
All Temps in deg F
All Precip in inches
Sig Prcp Freq = Pct of
days with >= 0.1" precip
May. Averages
High Temp84 F
Low Temp58 F
Avg Temp71 F

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Prepare for Wildfire Season with Free Tools and Resources

Prepare for Wildfires with an Emergency Kit Graphic
You can participate in Wildfire Community Preparedness DaySaturday, May 6, by organizing an event to clear dried leaves and other flammable debris from your neighborhood.  

Helpful tools and tips are available from the National Fire Protection Association to develop a 2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activity for your community, or organization.

To learn more, visit the U.S. Fire Administration Wildfire Safety page or download the Prepareathon How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide.