Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Are local disaster preparedness efforts reaching everyone in your community? #OKready #AltusOK @OKem

Join Our Webinar: Preparing Individuals Disproportionately Impacted by Disasters

Are local disaster preparedness efforts reaching everyone in your community? Join an upcoming discussion on disaster preparedness efforts to serve populations that are disproportionately impacted during an emergency due to risk factors related to language, cultural isolation, immigration status, and national identity.  
Title: Community Discussion: Preparing Individuals Disproportionately Impacted by Disasters
Date: Monday, November 23, 2015
Time:  2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Featured Speakers:                                 
  • Iskra Gencheva, from Ready New York, New York City Citizen Corps, and New York City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will share experiences preparing New York City’s immigrant and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations. 
  • Sarah Babcock, from New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps will share experiences preparing the Spanish-Speaking and Vietnamese communities of New Orleans.
  • Dana Perry, from Newport News CERT will share experiences preparing refugees from  nations including Afghanistan, Cuba, Burma, Nepal, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Tom Hipper, from the National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities will share helpful resources that support emergency preparedness efforts for culturally diverse communities.
How to Join the Webinar:
We hope that you will be able to join us on November 23!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Don't forget to Thank a Vet today #IThankedAVet #YourTurn #AltusOK

Thank a Veteran

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11. Show our veterans and other service members how much you appreciate their sacrifice by volunteering in your community and performing acts of kindness. 
Organizations like Points of LightCorporation for National and Community ServiceTeam Rubicon, and Civil Air Patrol support the military community.Find volunteer opportunities in your area or create your service projectusing themed toolkits. You can also join a CERT or Citizen Corps Program in your area. These organizations provide education, training, and volunteer services to help prepare communities for disasters.  
This year, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is launching Operation Appreciation in honor of Veterans Day. VFW invites you to demonstrate your appreciation and share a photo or video illustrating your acts of kindness on social media using hashtags #IThankedAVet, #YourTurn.

Monday, November 09, 2015

How @WaffleHouse and @CrackerBarrel handle issues #tweko

For many years we have had a “no firearms” with the exception of Law Enforcement and Security Guards policy in place in our restaurants. We are well aware that different people and businesses have varying opinions regarding this issue, and we respect the right of all to have different opinions. However, we continue to believe this is the best policy for our customers and associates.

Thank you again for contacting us, we appreciate your opinion and your business.

Pat Warner
VP of Culture
Waffle House, Inc.

That is the sign that Waffle House has on their stores.  I was unaware of the policy until last week and the sign until the manager walked me outside the door and pointed it out to me.  Can you read the sign 15 feet away?  

After a random check at Waffle House and Cracker Barrel as well as visits with managers at the locations, I have told the managers at those locations I will not be returning to Waffle House and will continue to support Cracker Barrel, even though they have the same policy, as long as they don't put up their signs.

Two things:

1.  Waffle House needs to post signs AT THE DOOR that look like this:

According to a a law enforcement colleague, the sign must be visible within 15 feet.  Waffle House has caused me to violate their policy, without my even knowing their policy is in place.  

At any rate, Waffle House needs to improve their signs so they comply with State law so law-abiding citizens can make an informed decision about where they will dine.

2.  Have you seen some of the Waffle House locations?  At night, they don't seem to be warm and welcome, except to a criminal.  Read the headlines.  I love my wife too much to frequent a place where I can not protect myself or her.

In all fairness, Cracker Barrel is not without their share.  At least there, though, one who is armed has a "fighting chance".

Express yourself.  Write to Waffle House and Cracker Barrel.  Let them know what you think.  Blog comments are moderated.  Waffle House and Cracker Barrel official replies will get equal time.

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