Emergency Management News

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Look Before You Lock

Area emergency managers are calling on parents to "Look Before You Lock" your child in a car.

"There have already been two deaths in Florida this year," explained Lloyd Colston, Altus Emergency Management Director.

"It does not take much heat to cause a child to have heat stroke in a car," said Wayne Cain, Jackson County Emergency Management Director.

A YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWcgwBJGrnc shows how uncomfortable a car can be to a meteorologist in 90 degree outdoor heat.

  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute. 
  • "Look Before You Lock" - Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child has been left behind. 
  • Create a reminder to check the back seat. Put something you'll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park. Keep a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat. 
  • Make sure you have a strict policy in place with your childcare provider about daycare drop-off. Everyone involved in the care of your child should always be aware of their whereabouts. If your child will not be attending daycare as scheduled, it is the parent's responsibility to call and inform the childcare provider. If your child does not show up as scheduled; and they have not received a call from the parent, the childcare provider pledges to contact you immediately to ensure the safety of your child. (this is very similar to the 'absence-line' used by most elementary, middle and high schools) 
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.  Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children. 
  • If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them. 
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible. 
  • Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when many tragedies occur. 
  • Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.
This can happen to anyone, stated Colston.  From parents, to grandparents, to caregivers, no one is immune to this accident.  

He added these are the same tips to use for pets.

"Please follow the tips," said Cain, "so an accident does not become a tragedy."

Follow #LOOKB4ULock on Twitter and Facebook for more information. 

For more information about emergency management, visit http://altusem.blogspot.com.  Can can be reached at 5804820229 while 5804812260 is the number for Colston.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#SafePlaceSelfie coming to #OKwx April 3-6 #WRN

Do you know where your "safe place" is while you are at work, at home, or traveling?   In early April we will be launching a 4-day #safeplaceselfie campaign over social media to encourage everyone across the country to take the #1 preparedness action when extreme weather threatens.  Below are images we encourage our WRN Ambassadors to promote over the next month as we draw closer to April.  Participate using your organization social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) or even your personal accounts.  Below are some talking points that provide more details on how you and your organization can contribute. It is fun. It is free. And it will go a long way to building a Weather-Ready Nation!

#SafePlaceSelfie is a grass roots campaign as part of NOAA's 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 TweetChat on Thursday, April 6.  
This action can be fun, is free, and doesn't require a lot of time commitment, but can open the door to greater preparedness actions (creating a family emergency plan, emergency kit, etc.)
Encourage other accounts on social media by tagging them and asking "Where is your safe place?"
Focus is broad across the spectrum of hazards, and not just tornadoes.  Hazards to consider: lightning, severe (tornadoes, high winds), extreme heat/cold, flooding, rip currents, wildfires, hurricanes, tsunamis...
And your safe place may be very different for the various hazards.  For instance, a car may be a safe place from lightning, but is a dangerous place during flash flooding.  
Get creative!  Is there a beach nearby or are locals planning vacations to warmer climates?  Help spread rip current awareness by focusing on where your safe place would be (hint: between the lifeguard flags).






Thank you.

And if you aren't already...
Follow us on Twitter @WRNAmbassadors
  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Flooding Safety Tips #WRN #Skywarn


When spring hits, whether it’s “official” or feels like spring, many of us are eager to get out of the office and into the fresh air. However, too much rain or thawing snow after a long winter from mountains can bring severe flooding. Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Here are some things to keep in mind as the spring flood season draws near.
  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets. It only takes six inches of moving water to sweep a person off their feet (and not in the romantic way) and 12 inches to move a car. Remember, if a street is flooded, Turn Around; Don’t Drown.
  • Floods are expensive. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions. Visits FEMA’s data visualization website to learn more about the costs and impacts of floods in your state
  • Most insurance does not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more and remember flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Talk with your family and make an emergency plan for you and your pets. No matter the disaster, it’s always a good idea to have emergency supplies ready at home, at work, and in the car.
You can learn more about the dangers of flooding and find information about flood insurance at Ready.gov/floods and Floodsmart.gov. We also have prepared a Flood Safety Social Media Toolkit so you can share tips with your friends and family prepare at www.ready.gov/flood-toolkit.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Five Ways to Participate in Red Cross Month @RedCrossOK


Red Cross Truck
Did you know that March is Red Cross Month?

Every March, the American Red Cross recognizes our country’s everyday heroes who give their time to help people in need. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of our nation’s blood, the Red Cross relies on the heroic efforts of its workers and volunteers to provide shelter, food, and emotional support during emergencies and disasters.

Here’s five ways you can become a hero for the Red Cross:

March is a great month for you to join with other heroes and become a part of the Red Cross. More information on how you can help is available on the Red Cross website.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Apply to Join FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council @OKem #OKready

Youth Preparedness Council Logo
Youth across the Nation have the opportunity to make a difference and transform the resilience and preparedness of their communities and beyond. Students in the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grades who have engaged in community service or are interested in emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply to serve on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council.

Formed in 2012, the Council engages members in local and national emergency preparedness projects. Members are selected to serve two-year terms. Members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives, and projects throughout the duration of their term.

Adults working with youth or emergency management are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying. Applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records.

Applications are due March 31, 2017. For more information and to see the projects current members are working on, visit the Youth Preparedness Council website. To submit an application, visit the application website

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Climate Data is supplied by @OKMesonet

Periods of Record
Temps#1904-2010
Precip#1904-2012
Snow#1904-2012
# - large gaps in record
Key
* - Record since tied
Highlight = Mar record
All Temps in deg F
All Precip in inches
Sig Prcp Freq = Pct of
days with >= 0.1" precip
1T Avgs: 60/33
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T92 (2006)
Low T8 (1962)
Precip0.88 (1942)
Snow8.5 (1942)
2T Avgs: 62/34
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
Extremes:
High T90 (1974)
Low T6 (1922)
Precip1.56 (1918)
Snow2.0 (1995)
3T Avgs: 63/34
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
Extremes:
High T89 (1955)
Low T6 (1943)
Precip1.35 (1988)
Snow0.5 (1917)
4T Avgs: 63/32
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
Extremes:
High T83 (1938)
Low T8 (2002)
Precip0.64 (1992)
5T Avgs: 64/34
Sig Prcp Freq: 4%
Extremes:
High T93 (1991)
Low T13 (2002)
Precip1.56 (2004)
Snow0.8 (1954)
6T Avgs: 64/34
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T92 (2009)
Low T11 (1943)
Precip0.73 (1970)
Snow1.5 (1948)
7T Avgs: 63/34
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
Extremes:
High T88 (2006)
Low T10 (1920)
Precip0.71 (1970)
Snowtrace (1995)
8T Avgs: 63/34
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T83* (1925)
Low T10 (1967)
Precip1.25 (1919)
Snow3.8 (1919)
9T Avgs: 65/35
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T89 (1955)
Low T14 (1996)
Precip0.57 (1994)
Snow1.3 (1915)
10T Avgs: 66/36
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T91 (1955)
Low T14 (1932)
Precip1.48 (1973)
Snow0.5 (1948)
11T Avgs: 66/38
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
Extremes:
High T95 (1967)
Low T19* (1932)
Precip2.80 (1990)
Snow2.5 (1948)
12T Avgs: 66/38
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
Extremes:
High T95 (1989)
Low T18 (1998)
Precip0.80 (1929)
Snow4.5 (1958)
13T Avgs: 66/37
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T95 (1916)
Low T8 (1948)
Precip0.88 (1922)
Snow3.6 (1924)
14T Avgs: 68/36
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
Extremes:
High T91 (1971)
Low T19 (1954)
Precip1.50 (1982)
15T Avgs: 67/39
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T88 (1932)
Low T16 (1947)
Precip1.10 (1981)
Snow2.0 (1947)
16T Avgs: 66/37
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
Extremes:
High T85 (1916)
Low T21 (1956)
Precip2.42 (1998)
17T Avgs: 69/38
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
Extremes:
High T94 (1989)
Low T22* (1928)
Precip2.35 (1961)
18T Avgs: 68/39
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
Extremes:
High T92 (1916)
Low T11 (1923)
Precip1.39 (2008)
19T Avgs: 67/39
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
Extremes:
High T93 (1994)
Low T20 (1965)
Precip1.73 (2006)
Snow2.5 (1924)
20T Avgs: 69/38
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
Extremes:
High T92 (1916)
Low T10 (1965)
Precip1.50 (1985)
Snow2.0 (2010)
21T Avgs: 69/38
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T98 (1997)
Low T20 (1955)
Precip1.25 (1921)
Snow1.0 (2010)
22T Avgs: 70/40
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
Extremes:
High T95 (1997)
Low T18 (1914)
Precip1.68 (1935)
Snow0.9 (1955)
23T Avgs: 71/40
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
Extremes:
High T90 (1929)
Low T20 (1952)
Precip3.22 (2000)
Snow0.5 (2006)
24T Avgs: 71/41
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
Extremes:
High T91 (1954)
Low T23* (1965)
Precip1.26 (1920)
Snowtrace (1974)
25T Avgs: 69/41
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
Extremes:
High T92 (1932)
Low T23* (1940)
Precip1.23 (1960)
Snowtrace (1965)
26T Avgs: 69/40
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
Extremes:
High T95 (1956)
Low T18 (1955)
Precip1.51 (1929)
Snow1.0 (2001)
27T Avgs: 70/40
Sig Prcp Freq: 16%
Extremes:
High T103 (1971)
Low T15 (1931)
Precip1.80 (1929)
Snow2.0 (1931)
28T Avgs: 72/42
Sig Prcp Freq: 22%
Extremes:
High T100 (1971)
Low T20* (1931)
Precip1.40 (1938)
Snow6.0 (1937)
29T Avgs: 69/41
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
Extremes:
High T96 (1967)
Low T14 (1944)
Precip1.10 (1926)
Snow3.0 (1944)
30T Avgs: 69/41
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
Extremes:
High T91* (1917)
Low T21 (1987)
Precip1.41 (1993)
Snow2.0 (1926)
31T Avgs: 72/41
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
Extremes:
High T97* (1940)
Low T24 (1926)
Precip0.95 (1916)
Mar. Averages
High Temp67 F
Low Temp38 F
Avg Temp53 F
Precip1.55"
Snow0.7"