Emergency Management News

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Scenario

Active Shooter Graphic
An active shooter incident is a situation in which people in a confined or populated area are threatened with deadly violence. Incidents can happen anywhere and at any time. The best way to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe is to prepare ahead of time.

Taking a few steps now and mentally rehearsing what to do can help you react quickly when every second counts.

To help you prepare, review the Prepareathon How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Scenario Guide that outlines steps you can take before, during, and after an active shooter incident.

The guide also includes:

To learn more about preparing for an active shooter incident, read  this story featuring Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where 1,700 students, 150 staff members, and 34 local agencies, organizations, and public safety departments participated in a full-scale active shooter exercise.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Are Your Finances Ready for a Disaster?

Emergency Financial First Aid KitBuilding emergency supply kits, developing emergency plans, and participating in disaster drills are important emergency preparedness activities. Another important part of being prepared includes being financially ready before an emergency happens? 

April is Financial Literacy Month, which serves as an effort to teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. This includes knowing what to do if you are impacted by a disaster.

“Just a couple of months ago a tornado hit about five miles from my home,” said Rod Griffin during Prepareathon’s Financial Preparedness Periscope.  “And, one of things we saw was that personal documents end up in the wind, literally.” Rod works for Experian, a company which performs as a credit bureau.

The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication fromOperation Hope and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, contains information for you to prepare now for a financial emergency. It includes guidance on having adequate insurance, a plan to pay your bills, and accessing your important records  as well as information on establishing accounts to help you get back on your feet faster.

Share with us on social media when you complete your EFFAK by posting, “I’ve completed my Emergency Financial First Aid Kit and you should too!”http://bit.ly/finprep #Prepareathon #FLM2017

Financial Preparedness Resources
·         The EFFAK in EnglishSpanish, and a reader enabled English version that is fillable online. (2015 version)
·         An EFFAK overview slide presentation in English and Spanish.
·         EFFAK checklists and forms in standard and reader enabled/fillable versions.
·         Find out how ready you are with the Disaster Financial Recovery Score from Operation Hope.

Financial preparedness is one of the many ways to participate in Prepareathon (formerly America’s PrepareAthon!), a grassroots, community-based campaign for action to get families, organizations, and entire communities better prepared for emergencies. 

As part of the Prepareathon campaign, we invite you to register your preparedness action at www.ready.gov/prepare.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Opening Soon: The 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application Period

ICP Awards Logo
Did you or your organization make a difference to advance disaster preparedness in your community? The time is near for submitting applications for the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

Since 2009, 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.

To learn more about the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, visit http://www.ready.gov/preparedness-awards.You can also view profiles of past award winners to find out about their outstanding achievements. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Get Ready to Take a #SafePlaceSelfie

Safe Place Selfie Poster
#SafePlaceSelfie is a grass roots campaign as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation to get individuals, businesses, and all organizations ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events. 

Knowing your "safe place" when extreme weather threatens is the #1 preparedness action anyone can take.  To this end, a social media campaign will be launched the week of April 3, culminating in a Tweet Chat on Thursday, April 6.

Take a #SafePlaceSelfie, share it on social media starting April 3 and participate in NOAA’s Tweet Chat on April 6 at 1pm ET.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Join the CERT #Webinar April 5 #SMEM

CERT Webinar: San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team uses Twitter to Save Lives

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division in partnership with the San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) invites you to join the ”Using Twitter to save lives” training event. Members of the San Francisco NERT will share information on how volunteers can use Twitter during a disaster. This includes how to quickly report and verify the most critical information within a 140-character limit.  The team will also teach you how to gather and report information which can reduce the number of emergency calls to 911 to help make sure every call gets through to a response operator.

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Featured Speakers from San Francisco NERT:
  • Anietie Ekanem, CEO and Chief Solutions Guru, Social Niche Guru Inc.
  • Brooke Rogers, Freelance Digital Content Producer, San Francisco NERT

Friday, March 31, 2017

April Climate Data is provided by @OKmesonet

Periods of Record
# - large gaps in record
* - Record since tied
Highlight = Apr record
All Temps in deg F
All Precip in inches
Sig Prcp Freq = Pct of
days with >= 0.1" precip
Apr. Averages
High Temp77 F
Low Temp48 F
Avg Temp62 F
1T Avgs: 73/42
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T98 (1946)
Low T27* (1948)
Precip0.98 (2000)
2T Avgs: 74/44
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T91 (1913)
Low T22 (1936)
Precip1.13 (1919)
3T Avgs: 74/44
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T97 (1950)
Low T23* (1936)
Precip1.22 (1957)
4T Avgs: 73/43
Sig Prcp Freq: 3%
High T95 (1943)
Low T26 (1920)
Precip0.66 (1997)
5T Avgs: 73/43
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
High T94 (1954)
Low T26* (1920)
Precip1.51 (1921)
6T Avgs: 73/43
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T99 (1954)
Low T23 (1971)
Precip0.71 (1940)
Snowtrace (1939)
7T Avgs: 75/44
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T96 (1972)
Low T23 (2009)
Precip1.12 (1915)
8T Avgs: 72/44
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T99 (1963)
Low T25 (1938)
Precip1.50 (1942)
Snow6.0 (1938)
9T Avgs: 73/43
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T93 (1963)
Low T24 (2003)
Precip1.45 (1942)
10T Avgs: 74/45
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T98 (1963)
Low T26 (1973)
Precip2.14 (2008)
11T Avgs: 74/45
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
High T99 (1972)
Low T27 (1989)
Precip2.22 (1994)
12T Avgs: 74/45
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T105 (1972)
Low T26* (1940)
Precip0.96 (1967)
Snowtrace (1940)
13T Avgs: 74/45
Sig Prcp Freq: 18%
High T98 (1936)
Low T25 (1957)
Precip0.60 (1973)
14T Avgs: 77/47
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T96 (1936)
Low T29 (1980)
Precip2.26 (1916)
15T Avgs: 78/47
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T100 (2006)
Low T27* (1928)
Precip1.96 (1945)
16T Avgs: 78/48
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T98 (1913)
Low T34 (1945)
Precip1.50 (1976)
17T Avgs: 79/49
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T101* (1955)
Low T28 (1921)
Precip2.34 (1995)
18T Avgs: 78/50
Sig Prcp Freq: 18%
High T101 (1925)
Low T31 (1921)
Precip2.20 (1917)
19T Avgs: 78/50
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T95 (1987)
Low T32* (1939)
Precip1.91 (2003)
20T Avgs: 78/49
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T99 (1925)
Low T32 (1953)
Precip1.61 (1952)
21T Avgs: 78/50
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
High T97* (1925)
Low T34 (1918)
Precip1.82 (1957)
22T Avgs: 79/51
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
High T98 (1955)
Low T31 (1931)
Precip1.68 (1952)
23T Avgs: 79/52
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T101 (1989)
Low T34 (1996)
Precip1.05 (1957)
24T Avgs: 79/51
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T98 (1996)
Low T34 (1968)
Precip2.14 (1925)
25T Avgs: 79/51
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
High T96* (1967)
Low T39 (1995)
Precip1.93 (1997)
26T Avgs: 78/51
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T95* (1956)
Low T38 (1945)
Precip1.63 (1928)
27T Avgs: 79/51
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T96 (1955)
Low T35 (1920)
Precip1.50 (1985)
28T Avgs: 77/50
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
High T94 (1927)
Low T36 (2008)
Precip2.30 (1940)
29T Avgs: 77/53
Sig Prcp Freq: 20%
High T98 (1936)
Low T39 (1968)
Precip4.06 (2009)
30T Avgs: 79/52
Sig Prcp Freq: 21%
High T95 (1947)
Low T36* (1984)
Precip1.35 (1974)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Are you Storm Ready?

Four Steps to Tornado Preparedness

Tornado Picture
Tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Every state has some risk of this hazard.

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.

Make sure you’re ready for a tornado with the How to Prepare for a Tornado Guide from Prepareathon  (formerly America’s PrepareAthon!) that explains how to protect yourself and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly at a time when every second counts.

Learn more tips from Ready.gov:
  1. Build an emergency kit.
  2. Make a family communications plan.
  3. Sign up for local emergency alerts and warnings. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.  Please enroll in the Alert Altus process offered free of charge by the City of Altus.
  4. Look for danger signs including: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating); and, a loud roar, similar to a freight train. If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

For more information, watch the When the Storm Comes preparedness video and visit the Prepareathon Tornado page.