Emergency Management News

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Are you #OKready for #OKheat?

Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

#BeatTheHeat This Summer
As summer heats up, learn how to prepare for high temperatures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sickness from the heat occurs when your body cannot compensate and properly cool you off. However, heat-related illness and death are preventable.

Before the next heat wave, outdoor activity, or Fourth of July celebration, follow these protective actions from the CDC and stay cool this summer:
  • Stay in an air-conditioned location as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Take several breaks from the heat, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and sunscreen. Remember that you should reapply sunscreen every three to four hours.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on friends or neighbors during extremely hot days and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

Find more information on extreme heat preparedness at www.ready.gov/heat.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Disaster Preparedness at Your Fingertips

FEMA App Graphic
Take the first step toward emergency preparedness by downloading the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app.

Did you know your smartphone can be an important tool to help you prepare?

Many people use mobile applications (apps) to receive updates on severe weather, help them plan for emergencies, and stay informed of community activities.

The Disaster Information Management Research Center compiled apps from various organizations to help you find appropriate and trustworthy applications including those from FEMA and the American Red Cross. These apps cover the following areas:
  • Family Reunification
  • American Red Cross Suite of Apps
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Hazardous Substances
  • Medical and Health Information
  • Responder Support and Safety including field operations guides
  • Psychological Health Tools for staying emotionally healthy
  • U.S. Federal Agencies
  • Surveillance and Alerts such as disease outbreaks and severe weather warnings

Having preparedness information and planning tools literally at your fingertips is an easy way to take action now!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fire Safety for Older Adults #OKfire

Fire Safety Infographic
People over the age of 65 face the greatest risk of dying in a fire, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). 

Reduce that risk by protecting yourself and your loved-ones with these special precautions from the USFA:
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms on each level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas. Test them monthly, and replace alkaline batteries at least once a year.
  • Develop a fire escape plan around your abilities. If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to be sure that you can go through the doorways. Unless instructed by the fire department, never use an elevator during a fire.
  • When using medical oxygen, the amount of oxygen in the air can increase. This means there is a higher risk of both fires and burns because it is easier for a fire to start and spread. Never smoke in a home where someone is using medical oxygen. Also, never use a candle, match, lighter or other open flame. In addition, never use a fireplace, stove or other equipment fueled by gas, kerosene, wood or coal. Keep oil, grease and similar petroleum-based products away from oxygen valves. They can cause a spontaneous explosion.

Learn more about how older adults can stay safe from fire with more tips, resources and statistics from the USFA.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August Climate Date is provided by @OKMesonet

Periods of Record
# - large gaps in record
1T Avgs: 98/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
High T108* (1966)
Low T58* (1925)
Precip1.27 (1977)
2T Avgs: 98/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T114 (1944)
Low T55 (1936)
Precip3.74 (1995)
3T Avgs: 98/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T118 (1943)
Low T60* (1936)
Precip1.89 (1993)
4T Avgs: 98/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
High T116 (1943)
Low T61* (1915)
Precip1.20 (1925)
5T Avgs: 98/71
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
High T112 (1962)
Low T58 (1948)
Precip1.57 (1920)
6T Avgs: 99/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T112 (1962)
Low T58 (1936)
Precip1.24 (1942)
7T Avgs: 98/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T110* (1962)
Low T60 (1997)
Precip1.63 (1966)
8T Avgs: 98/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
High T110 (1962)
Low T54 (1989)
Precip0.98 (1942)
9T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
High T112 (1943)
Low T56 (1989)
Precip2.42 (1972)
10T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
High T115 (1936)
Low T62* (1974)
Precip3.22 (1974)
11T Avgs: 96/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T116 (1936)
Low T60 (1915)
Precip2.47 (1997)
12T Avgs: 96/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T120 (1936)
Low T56 (1979)
Precip1.26 (1924)
13T Avgs: 97/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T115 (1936)
Low T54 (1967)
Precip3.31 (1968)
14T Avgs: 96/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T110 (1930)
Low T58 (2002)
Precip1.04 (1926)
15T Avgs: 96/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 17%
High T110 (1952)
Low T58 (1992)
Precip2.70 (1926)
16T Avgs: 96/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T110 (1943)
Low T57* (1992)
Precip0.72 (1996)
17T Avgs: 96/70
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
High T108 (1951)
Low T59 (1948)
Precip1.73 (1944)
18T Avgs: 96/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 19%
High T109 (1945)
Low T55 (1943)
Precip2.08 (1920)
19T Avgs: 95/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T108 (1930)
Low T58 (1948)
Precip3.75 (1990)
20T Avgs: 96/69
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T108 (1943)
Low T55 (1992)
Precip1.55 (1937)
21T Avgs: 96/68
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T108 (1984)
Low T55 (1956)
Precip0.92 (1941)
22T Avgs: 95/68
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
High T108 (1930)
Low T58 (1956)
Precip1.47 (1923)
23T Avgs: 95/68
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T110 (1936)
Low T56* (1920)
Precip0.98 (1937)
24T Avgs: 95/68
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T110 (1936)
Low T54* (1961)
Precip2.30 (1966)
25T Avgs: 95/68
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T110 (1936)
Low T53 (1945)
Precip0.56 (1996)
26T Avgs: 95/67
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
High T107* (1943)
Low T54* (1928)
Precip3.50 (1992)
27T Avgs: 94/68
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
High T108* (1943)
Low T55 (1962)
Precip4.44 (1979)
28T Avgs: 94/67
Sig Prcp Freq: 17%
High T106 (1982)
Low T56 (1992)
Precip1.38 (1914)
29T Avgs: 93/67
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
High T109 (1943)
Low T50 (1917)
Precip1.63 (1960)
30T Avgs: 94/67
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
High T108 (1943)
Low T51* (1915)
Precip1.84 (1924)
31T Avgs: 93/67
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T108 (1952)
Low T49 (1915)
Precip2.40 (1986)
* - Record since tied
Highlight = Aug record
All Temps in deg F
All Precip in inches
Sig Prcp Freq = Pct of
days with >= 0.1" precip
Aug. Averages
High Temp97 F
Low Temp70 F
Avg Temp83 F

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Food Safety

Summer Food Safety
When planning a picnic, barbecue, or day at the beach this summer, learn how to keep your food safe. 

According to FoodSafety.gov, foodborne illnesses increase during the summer. Stay healthy and safe during warmer months by following these food safety recommendations:

When bringing food to a picnic or cookout:
  • Use an insulated cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs. You can also use frozen food as a cold source.
  • Foods that need to be kept cold include raw meat, poultry, and seafood; deli and luncheon meats or sandwiches; summer salads (tuna, chicken, egg, pasta, or seafood); cut up fruit and vegetables; and perishable dairy products.
  • Keep your cooler out of the direct sun by placing it in the shade or shelter. Remember that a full cooler will maintain its cold temperature longer than a partially filled one. 
  • Avoid opening the cooler repeatedly to keep your food cold longer.

When cooking on the grill:
  • Prevent cross-contamination from raw meat or poultry juices by washing counter tops and sinks with hot, soapy water. Wash hands after handling raw meat or poultry or its packaging because anything you touch afterwards could become contaminated.
  • Keep perishable food cold until it is ready to cook.
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure meat and poultry are cooked thoroughly to their safe minimum internal temperatures.
  • Always use a fresh, clean plate and tongs for serving cooked food. Never reuse items that touched raw meat or poultry to serve cooked food.

When serving food outdoors:
  • Do not sit perishable food out for more than two hours.  In hot weather (above 90 °F), food should NEVER sit out for more than one hour.
  • Serve cold food in small portions, and keep the rest in the cooler. 
  • After cooking meat and poultry on the grill, keep it hot until served – at 140°F or warmer.
  • Keep hot food hot by setting it to the side of the grill rack, not directly over the coals where they could overcook.

For more information, visit www.foodsafety.gov and learn fire safety for your next barbecue from the U.S. Fire Administration.  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Prepare for Dry Weather with a New Wildfire Animation #OKfire

Wildfire Preparedness Animation
Watch a fun, new animation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to learn about wildfire preparedness. The video illustrates what you should do before, during, and after a wildfire. Watch it now!

We encourage you to also spread the message wildfire preparedness on your website or social media accounts by sharing this new animation:

For more information on wildfire preparedness, visit the Prepareathon website. You may also find additional hazard-specific animations on FEMA’s YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Flood Animation to Help You Stay Dry

Flood Preparedness Animation
Learn flood preparedness with this fun, new video. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a 90-second animation that illustrates what you should do before, during, and after a flood. Watch it today!

Before a flood, learn about your home’s flood risk and consider flood insurance. We encourage you to also spread the message of flood preparedness on your website or social media accounts by sharing this new animation:

For more information on flood preparedness, visit the Prepareathon website. You may also find additional hazard-specific animations on FEMA’s YouTube Channel. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summer Power Outage Preparedness

Summer Power Outage Preparedness
Beat the heat during the summer months and take steps to prepare for extreme heat. Summertime heatwaves often cause power outages that can affect your neighborhood.

Learning to prepare for power outages this summer is easy and the Ready Campaign offers the following tips:
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Learn about the emergency plans in your area and visit your State’s website to locate the closest cooling center.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, and include food, water, prescription medicines, flashlight, batteries, hearing aid batteries, cash, copies of important financial documents, and first aid supplies.
  • Be prepared to stay cool if the power is off for a long time by going to a movie theater, shopping mall, or library that has air conditioning.

For more information on these and other tips regarding preparing for power outages this summer, visit www.ready.gov/power-outages

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Help People and Pets beat the Heat #OKwx

Heat Safety for People and Pets in Vehicles

Heat Safety in Vehicles - Look Before You Lock. Don't Leave Children or Pets in a Vehicle.
With the summer months upon us, now is the time to learn about the dangers of heatstroke and being trapped in a hot car. Learn how the temperature outside may affect the temperature inside your vehicle.

Heatstroke is dangerous and can be deadly. Never leave children, pets, or older adults unattended in a parked car.

Use the following life saving tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind yourself and others to check the back seat before walking away from a vehicle. Children mistakenly being left in hot vehicles make up many of the tragedies reported each year.
  • Look Before You Lock. Get into the routine of always checking the back seat of your vehicle before you lock it and walk away.
  • A Gentle Reminder. Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it is empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Alternatively, place your phone, briefcase, or purse in the back seat when traveling with your child.
  • A Routine Check. If someone else is driving your child, or you alter your daily routine, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.
  • A Key to Safety. You know to keep your vehicle locked, but also keep your keys out of reach; nearly 3 in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gains access to a vehicle.

Learn more extreme heat preparedness at www.ready.gov/heat. If you would like to help spread the word about extreme heat safety, visit the Extreme Heat Social Media Toolkit for resources. Download the FEMA Appfor heat advisories and safety tips.