Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Safe Room Quality #WRN #Skywarn


The presence of a National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) seal on residential safe room implies that the shelter was:

  1. Designed by a registered professional architect or engineer.
  2. Verified by a NSSA - approved third-party engineer to be compliant with International Code Council (ICC) Standard ICC-500 and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines.
  3. Installed as per instructions on the design drawings or as the producer's Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) attached to the drawings.
  4. Inspected for proper installation described by an installation checklist.

So NSSA Producer Members assure reliability of safe rooms by following the Safe Room Standards Compliance Verification Process unique to NSSA, and provide an Inspection Checklist and Certificate of Installation.

To receive additional information, contact one of the following:

       Ernst W. Kiesling, P.E. Ph.D.                                    Richard Westerberg, Engineer
       Executive Director                                                     Assistant Compliance Officer                                       
       Office: (806) 837-1931                                               Office: (806) 834-2846
       Cell: (806) 789-2083

Sunday, August 07, 2016

What are your School Preparedness items? #OKpreps #AltusOK

The ABCs of Back-to-School Preparedness

Hey parents and caregivers! Disasters can strike even when your child is away at school, so it is important to have plans in place so you can connect during an emergency. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preparing your child for emergencies that may happen during the school day is as easy as A-B-C.
The CDC lists three steps you should take to protect your child:
A: Ask how you will be reunited with your child in an emergency or evacuation;
B: Bring extra medications, special food, or supplies your child will need if you are separated overnight; and
C: Complete a backpack card and tuck one in your child’s backpack and your wallet.
To learn more, visit You can also download and complete the Family Emergency Communication Plan now available from America’s PrepareAthon!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Are You Dehydrated? #OKready #OKstrong

Extreme heat kills more people than hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and lightning combined, according to the National Weather Service. Look out for these four subtle signs of dehydration during a heat wave:

Color of Urine: When your hydration status is good, your urine will be clear to light yellow. The darker the urine, the more dehydrated you are. Drink up when your pee is darker than usual.

The "pinch" test: When your body's cells become depleted of water, the skin loses tension. Test the elasticity of your skin by pinching the back of your hand and hold it for a few seconds. Let go and if the little "tent" stays pinched and takes more than 5 seconds to go back to normal, it's usually a sign of moderate dehydration.

Bad breath: Bad breath should make you think about dehydration during a heat wave. If you don't drink enough water, and you're losing water through sweating, your body can't make enough saliva, meaning your mouth is dry and bacteria grow easily.

Sitting in front of a fan: New evidence has shown that when temperatures rise above 95 F, an electric fan might actually make you even hotter, by blowing hot air on you, making you unable to sweat. And not being able to sweat puts you at greater risk of dehydration and even heat exhaustion. If possible, air-conditioning is the best choice. Cool showers and baths work, too.

If you're experiencing symptoms of dehydration (Increased or constant vomiting for more than a day, fever over 101°F, diarrhea for more than 2 days, weight loss, decreased urine production, confusion, weakness), it's time to seek medical attention.

Use your telemedicine benefit to speak to a doctor about your next treatment steps. With 24/7 access to U.S. based, board-certified physicians, no matter where you are, you can get the help you need right away, including a prescription if needed.

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