It’s Thursday morning and the cooler weather will soon give way to warmer springtime temps, at least for a while. Mother Nature is in a big fight to transition into spring but winter is trying to keeps its grip on the region. Expect temps between now and Sunday to moderate into the 70’s. It will be a bit windy which should allow for drying us out a bit.

Over the last several months, I have been instructing storm spotter classes. So far in 3 counties, we have over 200 personnel trained and refresher trained. Over the course of the next 10 days, there will be an additional 100 or so trained. I do this so that our networks of spotters have the most advanced training available so they can better protect you. Some have said, why waste your time? This isn’t wasting time at all. This is maintaining their training and credential meanwhile keeping those relationships open as we all work together to keep our respective jurisdictions safe.

I stated the previous to state the following: Next week, there is a risk for severe weather. This will become the first real opportunity of the 2013 storm season to have supercell storms with the capability of very large tornadoes, golf ball size hail or larger, and winds that could exceed 70 plus miles per hour. NOW, DON’T PANIC!!  The Storm Prediction Center in Norman has colored in an area that they feel the worst of this may occur. Nothing right now is set in stone for the following reasons:

1- Models haven’t fallen into agreement as to the main location where all of this may occur

2- There is a front involved and timing is an issue

3- Moisture return isn’t guaranteed in our area and a capping inversion isn’t out of the question

4- The storm system that will cause all of this hasn’t even formed yet

5- There are still too many variables to consider right now

 This is why we train because when all of this does come together, at least we will have a very good idea when operations should commence. Our entire spotter networks here in North Central Oklahoma train together because we know from past experience that when the weather decides to go array, we will be ready to activate and do what we do. The most important part of this is that if one of our areas does sustain a direct hit, the response to that respective area will be immediate.

I am instructing 1 more spotter class that the public can attend. It’s tonight at the Enid Fire Dept. Station 1 at 410 West Garriott. It will start promptly at 7pm and should end around 9 pm or so. It’s free and anyone is welcome to attend.

This said, I have preached Preparedness for several years now and there is no excuse for you not to know how to protect yourself and your family. Make sure you have created some sort of plan. That you have the needed supplies at the house or in the cellar and stay aware of what’s happening at all times. You won’t realize how important this can be until we have a major storm bearing down on us.

We will get hit one of these days. I don’t believe in legends out there because we have been hit before. My biggest fear is, you not being prepared. We will deal with the forecast, the warnings, and the event in general. It’s up to you to stay aware and protect what’s closest to you and yours. “Your level of awareness leads to your level of preparedness.” Hmmm, sounds good to me!

Ways to get information directly from Enid/ Garfield County Emergency Management:

 

1. Text Alerts from Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management through NIXLE at Nixle . or text your zip code to 888777 for SMS notifications. Follow the instructions. This information comes directly from our network here in Garfield County.

 

2. If you want our email updates, forecast information, or want to be on our paging network, email the director at mike.honigsberg@onenet.net and we’ll put you on the list.
INFORMATIVE WEBSITES:

 

Garfield County Emergency Management Website

 

 

City of Enid website

 

 

STORM SHELTER REGISTRATION:

Click Here to Register Your Storm Shelter

 

Sign up even if you don’t have a shelter. Let us know where you go within your house. This helps our search and rescue teams find you quickly.

 

During any incident or severe weather we STRONGLY encourage everyone to listen to your local AM and FM radio stations. They are 103.1-KOFM.960-KGWA, 107.1-KNID, 95.7-KXLS, 1390-KCRC, 104.7 KEIF-LP.

 

Mike Honigsberg, Certified Director

 

Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management
E.O.C. 580-249-5969
Personal Cell–580-541-1263
Blackberry- mhonigsberg@pioneer.blackberry.com
Twitter- @garfieldem
Facebook-Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management

 
Have a great weekend.

 

Mike