Archive for September, 2012

Flu Prevention and Vaccination

September 30, 2012
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It’s recommended for most individuals, ages six months and older.

Get answers to common questions about the flu vaccine, including locations where you can get it.

Here are some other ways to avoid getting the flu and passing it to others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Practice good health habits (get adequate sleep, exercise, eat healthy, and drink plenty of fluids).
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you have the flu, stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever has returned to normal without the use of fever-reducing medications. 

Learn more about the flu, including symptoms, types of vaccines, and high-risk indviduals

Altus Lightning Storm reports

September 26, 2012

Altus Public School instructor Randall Coffman sent these photos of the storm west of Altus Tuesday night.

This is why folks are encouraged to come inside during severe weather warnings.

The National Weather Service Local Storm Report contained the following information:

0918 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 W ALTUS               34.64N 99.35W
09/25/2012 M68.00 MPH Jackson OK EMERGENCY MNGR

0923 PM TSTM WND GST ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE 34.66N 99.29W
09/25/2012 M80.00 MPH Jackson OK ASOS

0926 PM TSTM WND GST ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE 34.66N 99.29W
09/25/2012 M66.00 MPH Jackson OK ASOS

0926 PM HAIL ALTUS 34.64N 99.33W
09/25/2012 E1.00 INCH Jackson OK AMATEUR RADIO




Thanks to the Altus Skywarn Association and reports from individuals on Twitter and Facebook during this storm.

Did you have any damage?  Add your report in the comments below.  Tweet pictures with the #AltusOK hashtag.

Be Safe.

Weather Service Webinar offered #AltusOK

September 24, 2012

This webinar will be held at the Southwest Technology Center, 711 W Tamarack, Altus, OK  

The registration page is at  http://altusskywarn.eventbrite.com/ … seating is limited to 40 and Law Enforcement will get first priority since they need the CLEET hours that come with this event.  Otherwise, it’s open to the public.
If you wish to view the information on your own computer, please register below.

Either way, the training is free.

Storm Spotter Training – NWS Norman
Join us for a Webinar on October 2
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/640446561
NWS Norman will be conducting a special fall edition of our storm spotter training class via webinar on Tuesday October 2nd beginning at 630 pm. Although anyone can participate, the training is geared toward storm spotters in the NWS Norman county warning area, including central and western Oklahoma and western north Texas. The training will last about 2 hours.
Title: Storm Spotter Training – NWS Norman
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


Are you #OKready in #AltusOK

September 12, 2012

September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invites you to pledge to prepare now by joining the National Preparedness Coalition.
The National Preparedness Coalition Online Community is where we connect and collaborate on emergency preparedness. Use it to empower yourself to prepare and to coordinate preparedness activities with your family, neighbors, co-workers, and those with whom you may study or worship.
Here are the top 5 reasons to join:
  • Get access to useful information to help you prepare.
  • Promote your national preparedness event on the calendar.
  • Get support and share best practices with over 10,000 members.
  • Connect with FEMA personnel and others near you in the regional forums.
  • Help others prepare and increase our resilience.

National Preparedness Activity

September 7, 2012

Area residents attended the annual National Preparedness effort at the Southwest Technology Center to hear  area experts talk about personal preparedness, sponsored in part by the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Rosalyn Hall with the American Red Cross demonstrated a personal disaster kit.

Just a few of those attending the workshop 
LT Joseph Price spoke to the group about the work the Salvation Army does during disasters.

Did you miss it?  Catch up on Twitter.

ALTUS: September Climate Calendar

September 1, 2012


Shown as September 2012
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Periods of Record
Temps #1903-2010
Precip #1903-2010
Snow #1903-2010
# – large gaps in record
Key
* – Record since tied
Highlight = Sep record
All Temps in deg F
All Precip in inches
Sig Prcp Freq = Pct of
days with >= 0.1″ precip
Sep. Averages
High Temp 88 F
Low Temp 62 F
Avg Temp 75 F
Precip 2.84
Snow 0.0
     
1 T Avgs: 93/67
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
Extremes:
High T 108 (1951)
Low T 51 (1915)
Precip 1.93 (1932)
2 T Avgs: 93/67
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
Extremes:
High T 107 (1947)
Low T 53* (1915)
Precip 0.68 (1989)
3 T Avgs: 93/66
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
Extremes:
High T 106* (1947)
Low T 48 (1974)
Precip 1.95 (1959)
4 T Avgs: 91/66
Sig Prcp Freq:20%
Extremes:
High T 109 (2000)
Low T 50 (1974)
Precip 2.69 (1996)
5 T Avgs: 91/65
Sig Prcp Freq:14%
Extremes:
High T 108 (1998)
Low T 50 (1974)
Precip 5.85 (1971)
6 T Avgs: 92/66
Sig Prcp Freq:11%
Extremes:
High T 105 (2000)
Low T 53 (1974)
Precip 0.92 (1973)
7 T Avgs: 92/66
Sig Prcp Freq:10%
Extremes:
High T 105* (1936)
Low T 50 (1943)
Precip 2.46 (1942)
8 T Avgs: 91/65
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
Extremes:
High T 104 (1930)
Low T 51 (2004)
Precip 2.15 (1949)
9 T Avgs: 91/64
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
Extremes:
High T 103 (1936)
Low T 48 (2004)
Precip 1.20 (1941)
10 T Avgs: 89/64
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
Extremes:
High T 104* (1963)
Low T 47 (1962)
Precip 1.24 (2007)
11 T Avgs: 89/63
Sig Prcp Freq:14%
Extremes:
High T 104* (1963)
Low T 50 (1976)
Precip 1.20 (1969)
12 T Avgs: 89/64
Sig Prcp Freq:15%
Extremes:
High T 108 (1930)
Low T 49 (1940)
Precip 3.55 (1933)
13 T Avgs: 88/63
Sig Prcp Freq:15%
Extremes:
High T 105 (1930)
Low T 48* (1975)
Precip 3.50 (1989)
14 T Avgs: 88/62
Sig Prcp Freq:21%
Extremes:
High T 104* (1918)
Low T 46* (1945)
Precip 3.60 (1925)
15 T Avgs: 88/63
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
Extremes:
High T 104 (1943)
Low T 41 (1993)
Precip 1.51 (2005)
16 T Avgs: 87/62
Sig Prcp Freq: 22%
Extremes:
High T 104 (1956)
Low T 45 (1993)
Precip 2.43 (1964)
17 T Avgs: 87/62
Sig Prcp Freq: 15%
Extremes:
High T 100* (1972)
Low T 41 (1981)
Precip 1.14 (1976)
18 T Avgs: 88/62
Sig Prcp Freq:14%
Extremes:
High T 103 (1952)
Low T 40 (1981)
Precip 1.96 (1971)
19 T Avgs: 87/62
Sig Prcp Freq:16%
Extremes:
High T 102* (1930)
Low T 47 (2003)
Precip 4.38 (1965)
20 T Avgs: 87/61
Sig Prcp Freq:12%
Extremes:
High T 103 (1953)
Low T 44* (1918)
Precip 2.15 (1965)
21 T Avgs: 86/60
Sig Prcp Freq:15%
Extremes:
High T 102* (1977)
Low T 35 (1983)
Precip 1.79 (1974)
22 T Avgs: 86/59
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
Extremes:
High T 101 (1977)
Low T 40 (1983)
Precip 1.92 (1969)
23 T Avgs: 86/59
Sig Prcp Freq: 14%
Extremes:
High T 100 (1926)
Low T 40 (1994)
Precip 5.26 (1997)
24 T Avgs: 84/58
Sig Prcp Freq: 13%
Extremes:
High T 100* (1930)
Low T 35 (1989)
Precip 1.97 (1916)
25 T Avgs: 83/58
Sig Prcp Freq:19%
Extremes:
High T 99 (1998)
Low T 40* (1975)
Precip 2.77 (1974)
26 T Avgs: 84/56
Sig Prcp Freq:15%
Extremes:
High T 106 (1953)
Low T 38 (2000)
Precip 3.71 (1936)
27 T Avgs: 84/55
Sig Prcp Freq:10%
Extremes:
High T 104 (1953)
Low T 38 (1942)
Precip 1.96 (1973)
28 T Avgs: 84/56
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T 105 (1953)
Low T 38 (1967)
Precip 0.70 (1926)
29 T Avgs: 83/55
Sig Prcp Freq: 11%
Extremes:
High T 100* (1928)
Low T 40 (1916)
Precip 3.00 (1986)
30 T Avgs: 83/54
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
Extremes:
High T 105 (1977)
Low T 28 (1984)
Precip 1.22 (1941)
           

Fire Service Training offered

September 1, 2012

Wildland Urban Interface Firefighting for the Structural Company Officer
Objective: Provide a basic understanding of company operations in the Wildland /Urban Interface (W/UI) environment in which the company officer and crew may be assigned.
Description: This 2-day course identifies operational activities and safety concerns for structural Company Officers assigned to a wildland urban interface incident. Topics covered include introduction to wildland urban interface firefighting, interface environment, wildland fire behavior, command and control issues of wildland urban interface firefighting, and tactics. This course is intended for any volunteer or career fire fighter or company officer who may supervise the operation of a brush truck or other company during a wildland fire.
These classes will fill quickly! If you plan on attending register early. All classes are from 8 am to 5 pm both days.
September 15 & 16
Lawton/Great Plains Technology Center
October 13 & 14
Central Technology Center – Drumright
October 20 & 21
Kiamichi Technology Center – Durant
October 27 & 28
High Plains Technology Center – Woodward
January 19 & 20
Broken Bow F.D. Training Center
To register call OSU/FST @ 1-800-304-5727 or 1-405-744-5727 or go to the FST website, www.osufst.org.
This course is NO cost for all participants.
Registration deadline is 2 weeks prior to the class date.