Emergency Management News

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Celebrate Safely this Holiday Season

Keep candles 12 inches from things that can burn
Entertaining and celebrating with family and friends is what the holiday season is all about. 

This year, take some time to learn about potential fire hazards related to cooking, candles, decorations, electrical cords, and heating devices.

Keep your holiday parties safe with these U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips:
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell your guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking at high temperatures like frying, grilling or broiling.
  • Ask people who smoke to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them, so young children do not touch them.
  • Keep doorways and exit paths clear of furniture and decorations.

Find more holiday and fire safety information on the USFA Holiday Safety page.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Building a Roadmap to Resilience – A Whole Community Training

Put your community on the road to resilience with the Building a Roadmap to Resilience course (E426) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute. Participants will develop a plan of implementation in their community, receive the tools and knowledge to establish a community coalition, and learn to encourage local leaders to augment resilience within the unique circumstances of their community.
The course will be conducted January 16-18, 2017, at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This three-day course helps communities build upon the Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management.
The target audience for this course includes community stakeholders interested in disaster resilience, and emergency management professionals with less than three years of experience who support or implement inclusive emergency management, community disaster planning, preparedness activities, and community outreach partners at the state and local levels. As a prerequisite, students should have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of emergency management and community preparedness.
To register for this course, please submit a completed General Admission Application, FEMA Form 119-25-1 to your State Training Officer. For more information about this course, please contact Steven (Tyler) Krska at steven.krska@fema.dhs.gov. Please visit training.fema.gov to learn about additional FEMA training and education opportunities management and community preparedness.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dress Warmly This Winter

Dressing for the Cold Weather Graphic

Remember to stay vigilant of the cold temperatures brought on by winter for both you and your loved ones. Here are some tips on how to keep warm when venturing out in the cold:
  • Dress for winter weather by wearing several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. 
  • Wear mittens, if possible, which are warmer than gloves. 
  • Cover as much exposed areas of your body as possible. This includes wearing a hat and scarf, insulated and waterproof shoes and covering your mouth to protect your face from cold and windburn.  These tips can help to prevent loss of body heat.
Find more winter safety information in the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guide.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit #DontCrowdThePlow

Don't Crowd the Plow
Share ways to prepare for the holidays with your family, friends, and community.

The Ready Campaign’s Holiday and Travel Safety Social Media Toolkitprovides preparedness information and graphics to help your audience.

The main tips for holiday and travel safety include:
  • Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
  • Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider using flameless candles instead.
  • Keep an eye on food when cooking.
  • Turn off holiday lights at night.
  • Keep your tree watered, do not let your holiday tree dry out.
  • Shop securely online over the holidays.

For more tips, hashtags, promotional content, Twitter, and Facebook messages, visit the Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Winter Preparedness for Older Adults #SeniorPals @AARP

Winter Preparedness for Older Adults
Not only should kids wear a coat to avoid catching a cold, but older adults should, too.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says older adults lose body heat faster than when they were young. Review the cold weather safety tips from NIA and share the following tips on how to stay warm:
  • Set your heat at 68°F or higher. To save on heating bills, close off rooms you are not using. Close the vents and shut the doors in these rooms, and keep the basement door closed. Place a rolled towel in front of all doors to keep out drafts.
  • Make sure your house is not losing heat through windows. Keep your blinds and curtains closed. If you have gaps around the windows, try using weather stripping or caulk to keep the cold air out.
  • Dress warmly on cold days even if you are staying in the house. Throw a blanket over your legs. Wear socks and slippers.
  • When you go to sleep, wear long underwear under your pajamas, and use extra covers. Wear a cap or hat.
  • Make sure you eat enough food to keep up your weight. If you do not eat well, you might have less fat under your skin. Body fat helps you to stay warm.
  • Drink alcohol moderately, if at all. Alcoholic drinks can make you lose body heat.
  • Ask family or friends to check on you during cold weather. If a power outage leaves you without heat, try to stay with a relative or friend.

For more tips, check out Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults from NIA.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fire Safety Tips from @USfire #OKfire

Decorate Safely for the Holidays

Water Your Christmas Tree Every Day
Keep your holidays happy with safe decorations.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration(USFA), December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.

Be fire smart as you deck the halls for a festive holiday season with these USFA tips:
  • Water Christmas trees every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch fire easily.
  • Make sure Christmas trees are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Also, make sure the tree does not block exits.
  • Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away strands with frayed or pinched wires. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where you can not knock them down. 
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Never leave a burning candle alone in an empty room.

Find more holiday, Christmas tree, and fire safety information on the USFA Holiday Safety page.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

December Climate Data provided by @OKMesoNet

Periods of Record
# - large gaps in record
* - Record since tied
Highlight = Dec record
All Temps in deg F
All Precip in inches
Sig Prcp Freq = Pct of
days with >= 0.1" precip
Dec. Averages
High Temp55 F
Low Temp29 F
Avg Temp42 F
1T Avgs: 60/33
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T81 (1950)
Low T7 (2006)
Precip0.98 (1933)
Snow2.5 (2006)
2T Avgs: 60/32
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T83 (1995)
Low T8* (1985)
Precip2.33 (1913)
Snowtrace (1919)
3T Avgs: 59/33
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T80 (1995)
Low T17 (1967)
Precip0.65 (1993)
4T Avgs: 59/32
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T88 (1954)
Low T18 (2009)
Precip1.47 (1947)
5T Avgs: 59/33
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
High T84 (1956)
Low T18* (1950)
Precip0.81 (1935)
Snowtrace* (1950)
6T Avgs: 56/32
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T80 (1939)
Low T6 (1950)
Precip1.82 (1926)
Snow1.6 (1942)
7T Avgs: 57/30
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T83 (1966)
Low T8 (1950)
Precip0.51 (1942)
Snow7.5 (1942)
8T Avgs: 54/30
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T77 (1970)
Low T2 (2005)
Precip1.65 (1980)
Snowtrace* (1921)
9T Avgs: 54/29
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T75* (1957)
Low T4 (2005)
Precip1.42 (1999)
Snow2.0 (1932)
10T Avgs: 54/30
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T83 (1939)
Low T7 (1919)
Precip1.07 (1999)
Snowtrace (1997)
11T Avgs: 54/29
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T81 (1939)
Low T8 (1917)
Precip0.95 (1960)
Snow0.5 (1972)
12T Avgs: 54/29
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T79 (1921)
Low T5 (1989)
Precip0.96 (2007)
Snow0.5 (1972)
13T Avgs: 52/29
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T84 (1921)
Low T6 (1917)
Precip0.53 (2000)
Snow2.0 (1985)
14T Avgs: 53/28
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
High T79 (1921)
Low T8* (1914)
Precip0.70 (1992)
15T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T79 (1977)
Low T8 (1987)
Precip0.99 (1984)
Snow5.0 (1932)
16T Avgs: 54/28
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T78 (2006)
Low T8 (1987)
Precip1.54 (1931)
Snowtrace* (1965)
17T Avgs: 53/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T77 (1939)
Low T0 (1932)
Precip0.80 (1959)
Snow2.5 (1924)
18T Avgs: 52/28
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
High T76 (1977)
Low T8* (1964)
Precip0.70 (1995)
Snow1.0 (1924)
19T Avgs: 54/28
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T76 (1978)
Low T0 (1924)
Precip1.41 (1918)
Snow0.5 (1995)
20T Avgs: 52/28
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T77 (2004)
Low T6 (1983)
Precip1.59 (2006)
Snowtrace* (1951)
21T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T78 (1981)
Low T5 (1983)
Precip1.24 (1997)
Snow1.0 (1916)
22T Avgs: 53/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T74* (1982)
Low T0* (1983)
Precip1.20 (2002)
Snow3.0 (1913)
23T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T76 (1964)
Low T-10 (1989)
Precip2.79 (1932)
Snow10.5 (1918)
24T Avgs: 51/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T88 (1955)
Low T4 (1983)
Precip1.29 (1965)
Snow2.5 (2009)
25T Avgs: 51/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T75 (1950)
Low T5 (1983)
Precip0.85 (2009)
Snow5.0 (1939)
26T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 4%
High T77 (2005)
Low T7 (1914)
Precip1.75 (1987)
Snow1.3 (2000)
27T Avgs: 51/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T78 (1923)
Low T7 (1924)
Precip1.18 (1927)
Snow1.3 (2000)
28T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T80 (1923)
Low T-1 (1924)
Precip0.34 (1943)
Snow2.0 (1944)
29T Avgs: 53/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T80* (1923)
Low T1 (1983)
Precip0.64 (1979)
Snow3.5 (1954)
30T Avgs: 53/28
Sig Prcp Freq: 2%
High T82 (1921)
Low T8 (1990)
Precip0.64 (2006)
Snow2.0 (2009)
31T Avgs: 52/28
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T81 (1951)
Low T6 (1968)
Precip1.78 (1984)
Snow1.5 (1918)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

One Million Free Smoke Alarms Installed #OKfire

Altus Fire has a FREE smoke alarm program.  Please contact your local fire department or the American Red Cross for information.

Together, Let's Sound the Alarm.
Last week, the American Red Cross announced that its Home Fire Campaign installed one million free smoke alarms. 

Due to the efforts of volunteers and community partners who participated in the campaign, 285 lives have been saved. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program provided funding for this initiative, and several Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) volunteered for the campaign.

FEMA also encourages CERTs throughout the Nation to join the American Red Cross in Sound the Alarm community events this spring.  From April 28 to May 13, 2018, this initiative plans to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across more than 100 major cities.

Joining is simple! Follow these steps to sign up to be a Sound the Alarm volunteer:
  1. Go to www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your zip code to find a nearby event.
  3. Scroll down again and click the region nearest you.
  4. Scroll down again to “Volunteer Opportunities,” click the event that works for you. Once you choose the event, fill out the short application.
  5. Be sure to type “CERT team/program name” in the Group/Organization field so FEMA can recognize your participation.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Don't forget your car this winter

Winterize Your Car

Car Winter Emergency Supplies
Don’t hit the road without a jack or until your car is ready for winter weather.

There are specific emergency items to store in your car during the winter. There are also maintenance checks to keep you safe, your vehicle warm and your engine running.  

Follow these tips and find more winter preparedness information at Ready.gov.

Check or have a mechanic check items, such as:
  • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
  • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Add winter items to the emergency kits in your vehicles:
  • A shovel.
  • Windshield scraper and small broom.
  • Water.
  • Snack food.
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens.
  • Necessary medications.
  • Blanket(s).
  • Tow chain or rope.
  • Road salt and sand.

Additional winter preparedness tips are available to keep your family safe and warm all winter long. To view more, check out the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guide. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Do your turkey well; not welldone #OKfire

Add Safety to Your Thanksgiving Menu

Use Turkey Fryers Outdoors
Deep frying a turkey may be delicious but it can also be dangerous.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires and frying food increases the risk. Keep your family safe by following these five safety tips:
  • Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface away from things that can burn. Make sure to have a “3-foot kid- and pet-free zone” around your turkey fryer to protect against burn injuries. Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
  • Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water. An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
  • Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you fry it. A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
  • Check the temperature often with a cooking thermometer so the oil will not overheat. Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
  • Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle these items. The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.

For more tips, visit the USFA’s Cooking Fire Safety page.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Prepare Your Home for Winter #OKwx #OKice

How Prepared Are You For Winter Storms?
Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationreleased its winter outlook, which calls for a cooler and wetter than usual winter for the northern United States. As winter moves closer by the day, prepare your home now for tomorrow’s bitter cold.

Take extra steps to protect yourself and your family from the hazards that come with cold weather. You can start by:
  • Cleaning and inspecting your heating equipment;
  • Insulating walls, attics and water pipes, and caulking and weather stripping doors and windows;
  • Installing storm windows or covering your windows with plastic;
  • Clearing rain gutters;
  • Checking your roof to be sure it can handle the extra weight of snow and ice; and
  • Installing battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, home fires occur more often in winter than any other season. Protect your home by:
  • Always using a metal or heat-tempered glass screen when using your fireplace;
  • Making sure your space heater has an automatic shut off (if it tips over, it shuts off); and
  • Keeping snow and ice three feet away from fire hydrants to allow access in case of a fire.

The snow may seem harmless, but colder weather can be deceptively dangerous. Do not get caught in the cold. Make sure that your home and family prepare for severe winter weather. To learn more, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/winter.html and https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather