Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Altus Update for debris #OKice #AltusOK

Altus --- Insurance is the first place to look for help with storm debris removal, according to area emergency management officials.

"Many insurance policies have a provision for debris caused by winter storms and high winds," said Lloyd Colston, Altus Emergency Management director.

"It is important to know what is included in your insurance," echoed Wayne Cain, Jackson County Emergency Management director.

Colston also stressed that homeowners who hire the work done should use reputable vendors.  Those companies know they are responsible for removing the trees they cut down.

The Governor of Oklahoma has declared an emergency for the winter weather.  The declaration covers all 77 counties in the State.

Area residents who are unable to remove their own debris could call or text a hotline at (202) 569-8260.  Please leave a message with the address, name, and a callback number.  Also, Colston asked residents to use that number to report how many hours has spent in debris work on their property or helping a neighbor.

Residents may also call (405) 443-7583, (405) 388-6912, or (405) 415-5261 for the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief group.  
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are going all over the state to help remove the fallen tree branches that have damaged resident's property. They give priority to the elderly, people with access and functional needs, single mothers and also how severe the damage is.
Altus Power Acting Superintendent Mike Villareal reported the power outages in the Altus area were caused by tree limbs coming in contact with electric lines.
This is a common problem, according to Colston.  "It can be remedied if property owners will keep their trees trimmed."
For more information about emergency management, residents may call Cain at 580.482.0229 or call 580.481.2260 for Colston.  At http://altusem.blogspot.com area residents may find other information.

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