Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Altus Update #OKwx recovery edition

Well, the weather this weekend promises to be nice.  Maybe a passing rain shower Saturday afternoon.  It won't be enough to get us out of the drought.  The little dip in the temperature is expected to rebound to around 60 next Tuesday.

Our friends at FEMA who have been working in the area for our Spring Storm recovery report they are leaving for two weeks on the 18th.  They will be back after New Years.  Please wish they safe travels to their respective homes for Christmas.

The Baptist Disaster phones listed earlier have been overwhelmed.  They ask that we use
to register those who need help.  Please refer your neighbors to this service or, better yet, you have the power so use it to register your friend.

Don't forget to be a good neighbor.  If you have elderly or infirm folks, can you please out to them to help them with their debris?
Attorney General Pruitt suggests the following tips for choosing a proper contractor or repair service:
  • Ask for referrals from people you trust;
  • Try to do business with local companies;
  • Request to see proof of certification and insurance;
  • Check out the repair service with the AG's Consumer Protection Unit, the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board, and the Better Business Bureau;
  • Ask for customer references;
  • Get written estimates from several companies;
  • Don't do business without a written contract;
  • Get all guarantees, warranties and promises in writing;
  • Agree on start and completion dates, and have them in the contract.
Attorney General Pruitt also said Oklahoma's Emergency Price Stabilization Act is now in effect for all 77 Oklahoma counties after Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency on Sunday due to the winter storm and flooding.
Oklahoma's price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services during a state of emergency and for 30 days thereafter, the Attorney General said. The act additionally is in effect for another 180 days for prices to repairs, remodeling and construction.
Oklahomans who suspect fraud related to storm-damage cleanup or repairs, or who experience price gouging, should contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029 or (918) 581-2885.

From the Medical Emergency Response Center:

We will be conducting a WebEOC, EMResource and RMRS Awareness training on January 8, 2016, at the Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, Building 600. We have scheduled two classes.  The morning class will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and the afternoon class will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

If you are interested in sending someone to attend this class, please email me at or call me at (580) 581-3423 (I am here only in the morning) to sign up.  I will need the name of the individual, what facility they are from, their email address and their contact phone number.

Did you notice I can not quit talking about Drought?  From our Regional Office:

Even though the heaviest rain fell east of where the abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions have been reported, it appears unlikely right now that the drought will expand for Oklahoma during the first half of December as these areas have still received rainfall recently.

From our friends at the Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency:

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Rose State College are partnering to deliver a new higher education program for emergency management. The program is expected to begin in the fall of 2016. However, students can get a head start by enrolling in the pilot program beginning in January.

Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Planning is available by completing eight emergency management courses for a total of 24 credit hours. An Associate of Science in Emergency Management degree will be available by completing a total of 62 credit hours, to include 24 hours of emergency management courses and 38 hours of general education courses.

The certificate and associate degree will include the following eight courses:
·      Preparedness- Leadership and Management
·      Response- Exercise Design and Evaluation
·      Recovery- History and Future of Emergency Management
·      Mitigation- Capstone Course with field work

Students may choose classroom and/or online delivery for all emergency management courses. Both options will include reading assignments, group participation, research projects, and self-checks throughout the course.

For classroom delivery, emergency management courses will be offered at Rose State College in Midwest City. Each course will feature two 75-minute classes per week through the semester. Class size is limited to 25 students. Online courses will be available through Interactive Video Teleconference sessions every four weeks for a total of four sessions per course during a semester. Online courses are limited to 15 students.

OEM and Rose State College are currently accepting applications for the pilot of the first two class offerings—EMGT: 1313 Emergency Management Preparedness and EMGT 1413: Emergency Management Response in both classroom and online delivery.

The cost for each 3-credit hour course is approximately $400 with no additional charges for course materials. Advance enrollment is open to current emergency managers until December 18. After that date, enrollment will be open to the public.

Students may apply for tuition assistance for the emergency management courses, to be paid upon successful completion of the courses.  The assistance will be available for as many as 20 applicants each semester and will be good for up to 50 percent of the tuition fee. For more information on enrollment or scholarships, contact Jackie Wright at Additional tuition assistance may be available for general education and elective courses through the Rose State College Office of Student Financial Aid. 

This just in from the FBI:

Recent FBI investigations reveal a trend in criminal actors conducting
social engineering scams targeting phone and email service providers
to target government officials and corporate executives. In such a
scenario, a criminal actor conducts a reverse look up on a phone
number to determine the provider. The actor can then pose as an
employee of that provider and request account details. Using these
details, this person can then call the email service provider, provide
answers to security questions, request a password reset, and gain
access to the victim's email account.

Trust your friends but remember friends get accounts hacked.  

Be safe out there tomorrow for  "International Day of Disabled Persons"

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