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Preparedness Kit Salmonella

You and your family have survived the natural or man-made disaster but your home has been destroyed.

Proper preparation and drills ensured that your family gathered at the designated location. Everyone is uninjured and your daughter brought the Emergency Preparedness Kit (Go Bag, Disaster Supplies Kit).

Congratulations!  You were prepared.

To celebrate the good fortune, your son and daughter lay out the first meal from your rations.

Six hours later, your son is vomiting, your spouse is nauseous, and you have abdominal pains and diarrhea. Your pet is retching. What went wrong?

 dog retching

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Disaster strikes Oklahoma

Twice in the past seven days, President Obama has designated Oklahoma counties as major disaster areas.

On February 15th, President Obama declared:

"... a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and tornadoes during the period of February 10-11, 2009.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Carter, Logan, and Oklahoma."

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Do not stay in a mobile home during a tornado.

Tragically, an Oklahoma girl was huddled with her parents "inside a mobile home bathroom" when it was torn apart during the Lone Grove tornado.  She survived but her parents did not.

Kaylee Oklahoma

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Surviving a tornado

At least eight people are confirmed dead and more than a dozen injured during last evening's tornado in Lone Grove, Oklahoma.

Lone Grove tornadoCould this tragic loss of life have been prevented?

Maybe, maybe not.  Having survived a rogue tornado on our Oklahoma wheat farm, I'm not convinced.  However, today's meteorological forecasts stack the odds in your favor.

The challenge is not to let malaise overcome the incessant forecasts of watches and warnings.

What is the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning?

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Skating through disaster

  • 600,000 homes and businesses without power

  • 12 fatalities

  • 77 Oklahoma counties under federal emergency declaration

As Oklahoma exits tornado season and enters ice storm weather, is your business prepared?

A couple weeks from now mark the anniversary of the mid-December 2007 ice storm. The above figures for Oklahoma’s most devastating ice storm dwarf the previous high of 255,000 without power during the January 2002 ice storm.

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Disaster Savings Time

Fire departments and the media often remind us that changing daylight savings time is an ideal time to replace smoke detector batteries and test alarms. A couple of dollars and a few minutes could save a life.