From the Office of Emergency Management

It was a wild weekend and the weather isn’t over yet. We are in a “slight risk” area for severe weather later this afternoon. We are on the North side of an upper low and just north of the front. We are close enough where we could see some significant weather if it were to occur. I personally don’t feel we will be under that threat today but I am not letting my guard down until this mess moves AWAY!!

Saturday evening was very interesting for the county area where we had severe winds due to a HEAT BURST around 8:45 or so. The exact time isn’t known but the results were definitely seen. You all are pretty well briefed on most results from the high winds but here are a few things you may not know yet.

Image via Storm Prediction Center

Image via Storm Prediction Center

I did damage assessment on properties where citizens called in and told me they would like for me to come out and see their damage. Most of these were in the northern part of the county. There was a manufactured heavy steel barn completely destroyed and the winds even pulled the footings out of the ground but yet 5 miles west of that location, it only took the roof off of a new wood structure.

Many citizens have stated they feel the winds were a lot higher and stronger than 70 mph or so and I am tending to believe them especially when they have their own weather stations at their residence. I traveled up northeast of Carrier Sunday morning and spoke with a farmer who has such a device that showed at 9:06 pm Saturday evening that he had a wind gust to 97 mph. I had to go visually verify this, just because. I love technology because this shows that winds do occur in between the mesonet sites. I would ask that if you have such a device where you live, PLEASE let us know when you are experiencing high winds. This helps us understand what is happening in and around our county and where the most damage may occur.  I am going to budget for several of these devices and place them in strategic locations around Enid and other towns where we have had the higher winds. We don’t have enough of these devices and they will be tied to the internet by wireless capability.

I received at least 50 calls from new citizens in the area concerning where any Public Shelters may be located. You all know that story. Please help those that are new to understand this and get to know their neighbors before we end up in a slight, moderate, or high risk weather day. You would be surprised who might allow you to come over to their shelter before the storm arrives. Also, there are several businesses that would allow people to come in during business hours to take cover if necessary. JUST REMEMBER THIS: if we come under a warning, that doesn’t mean that the whole area is going to be destroyed, it just means conditions have deteriorated such that some areas may get wiped out and others may not. I am not stating this lightly either. We have many ways to get information to you and you need to have several ways to receive that info. Here’s a suggestion:

 1- LISTEN to your LOCAL radio stations. If we are under that gun, so to speak, we will be in constant communication with both major stations here and they will know where the threats are located and will broadcast that information. Our spotter network consists of 8 EPD OFFICERS, 10 SHERIFFS DEPUTIES, and 180 RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENT personnel. This doesn’t mean that we would have all spotters out at one time but that has occurred 4 times in the last 5 years due to outbreaks. All of these spotters are very highly trained and will all be certified in June with our certification program. We know where the threats are 9 times out of 10. You have to know where and how to get that information. Many watch the drama on TV, that’s ok. Make sure you have a NOAA WEATHER RADIO TOO. This is very important. On our links page, you can access our local newspaper websites and others to get emergency information too. Just remember, if you state you didn’t know what was going on, you didn’t listen or look. In Oklahoma and in this region of the country, not knowing can get you killed. I don’t want that to happen to anyone.

I have stated in previous emails how to go about getting information from us and will now give you a link to our new Preparedness Guide that is located on our website: Preparedness Guide

 

 

It’s loaded with info and inside the first page you will see how to get that information from us. I have 2500 more of these that will be in my possession soon. Those companies that have donated to us in any given way will be publicized in the next batch of guides and on the gcem website by August.

 Our protocols are on the gcem.org website and our City of Enid protocols are on the http://enid.org website under emergency management.

 Finally, when we ask you to stay weather aware, please do so. We have our reasons for it. I would rather everyone had implemented their preparedness plan and not need it than you not getting it done and need them.

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.

Stay safe and have a great week.

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
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HOW “YOU” COPE WITH THE REALITY OF DISASTER, DEPENDS ON “YOUR” LEVEL OF PREPAREDNESS. Mike Honigsberg