September is National Preparedness Month-CDC

You Have the Power to Prepare

Throughout September, CDC and more than 3000 organizations—national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations—will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action.

This year, the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response will focus on four important topics – READY… STEADY… SHOW… GO! Each week, we will publish a Public Health Matters Blog post, social media messages, and graphics.

Week 1: READY… Build a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

Many emergencies happen without warning, so it is important that you take steps ahead of time to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy. One important way you can prepare is by having a kit ready in case you do not have access to food, water, or electricity for several days after a disaster. In addition to building a kit, talk to your loved ones about an emergency planwith the steps you all will take in different types of emergencies and how you will contact one another. Finally, stay informed to make sure you get the information you need when an emergency happens, especially the types of emergencies that might happen in your area.

Week 2: STEADY…Review your plans and update your kit.

Preparing does not stop after you have your kit ready and your emergency plan in place. In a real emergency, you may become overwhelmed or confused, so it is important to practice your emergency plan – review the plans and have practice drills with your whole family. Review and replace the contents of your emergency kit every six months. Be sure to check expiration dates on food, water, medicine, and batteries and add any personal items that are unique to your needs.

Week 3: SHOW… Inspire others to prepare.

Research shows that talking about preparedness increases the likelihood of others taking steps to get prepared. Talk to your family and friends about the important steps they can take to be prepared. Be a preparedness role model – volunteer in your community, take a first aid and CPR class, or share a photo of your emergency kit or a selfie of you and your family at your emergency meeting place.

Week 4: GO! Take immediate action to save lives.

It is vital that people take not only immediate but also the appropriate protective action when an emergency happens. Local officials will ask you to shelter in place (take shelter in a basement or windowless interior room) in some situations; and to evacuate your home, workplace or community in response in others. For example, a wildfire or an approaching hurricane. Know when to go (or stay), where to go, how to get there and what to do BEFORE an emergency. The most important thing is to take immediate and decisive action.

Get involved

Follow us on social media (@CDCemergency on Twitter and CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response on Facebook), bookmark our Public Health Matters blog, and sign up for GovDelivery email updates.

If you would like to partner with us for Preparedness Month, or want more information, contact us at phprcommunications@cdc.gov.

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 https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/npm/powerofpreparedness2017.htm
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2017 Arkansas Emergency Management Conference

Pictured are AJ Gary, Director of Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Crawford County, AR Judge, Dennis Gilstrap (previous Crawford County Department of Emergency Manager).

Tornado Strikes Tulsa

Tornado Strikes Tulsa, Causing Dozens of Injuries and Damage

An uncommon August tornado struck Tulsa early Sunday, damaging buildings, toppling utility poles and injuring around 30 people, authorities said.

No deaths were reported when the tornado struck at around 1:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. ET) The National Weather Service said it confirmed damage from an EF-2 tornado in the central part of the city.

 Tornado rips through Tulsa shopping district, injures at least 30 2:08

Eight people were hospitalized after a TGI Fridays restaurant collapsed, trapping people inside.

“It completely collapsed right on top of everybody so it’s, it’s lucky that people came out with their lives,” restaurant manager Zane McCollough said.

More than 14,000 people in the Tulsa area lost power at one point due to the tornado and severe storms, utility provider Public Service Company of Oklahoma said. Around 125 utility poles were broken or damaged.

The city’s warning sirens did not sound before the tornado struck. Tulsa Area Emergency Management Director Roger Jolliff described it as a fast-moving storm that left little time for warning.

“To have warned we would have been warning after the fact, which would have not been the right thing to do,” Jolliff said.

The Tulsa Fire Department said 13 people were transported to hospitals, including a firefighter who was burned in a house fire. A spokesperson for St. Francis Hospital said the medical center received 30 patients with minor injuries like lacerations, and most had been released by Sunday afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski told the Associated Press that while tornadoes can strike any time, they are generally associated with the spring months.

“I wouldn’t say outrageously rare, but it is uncommon,” to see an August tornado, Jankowski said.

Crews were clearing streets Sunday and Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell warned people to stay out of damaged areas if possible.

An uncommon August tornado struck Tulsa early Sunday, damaging buildings, toppling utility poles and injuring around 30 people, authorities said.

No deaths were reported when the tornado struck at around 1:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. ET) The National Weather Service said it confirmed damage from an EF-2 tornado in the central part of the city.

 

Image: A man stands near a damaged building after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa, Oklahoma Aug. 6, 2017. A possible tornado struck near midtown Tulsa and causing power outages and roof damage to businesses.
A man stands near a damaged building after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa, Oklahoma Aug. 6, 2017. Tom Gilbert / AP

He said that after the deadly tornado in Joplin, Missouri in 2011, a study showed that some residents did not initially heed warning sirens because of what was perceived as past false alarms, and emergency managers are reluctant to sound sirens too often.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2011 did find that many residents interviewed after that deadly tornado said the first siren did not immediately trigger concern because of what was perceived as past false alarms.

The E-5 Joplin tornado that struck on May 22, 2011, killed 159 people and injured more than 1,000 others. It was the seventh-deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

Image: A man stands outside a Fridays restaurant after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aug. 6, 2017. A possible tornado struck near midtown Tulsa and causing power outages and roof damage to businesses.
A man stands outside a Fridays restaurant after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aug. 6, 2017. Tom Gilbert / AP

The Tulsa Fire Department said 13 people were transported to hospitals, including a firefighter who was burned in a house fire. A spokesperson for St. Francis Hospital said the medical center received 30 patients with minor injuries like lacerations, and most had been released by Sunday afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski told the Associated Press that while tornadoes can strike any time, they are generally associated with the spring months.

“I wouldn’t say outrageously rare, but it is uncommon,” to see an August tornado, Jankowski said.

Crews were clearing streets Sunday and Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell warned people to stay out of damaged areas if possible.

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 Tornado Destroys Businesses, Injures Dozens in Tulsa, Oklahoma

“Right now we’re still identifying dangerous areas of power lines, gas leaks that are in the area, and other debris that can still cause severe injury to individuals,” he said.

Elliott Wilson, franchise owner of the bed and mattress store Mattress Firm, assessed the damage to his store Sunday.

“There’s definitely going have to be some tile and carpet repaired,” Wilson said. “Yeah, it’s going to keep us down for a little bit.”

US Tornadoes in August

Here’s where tornadoes typically form in August across the United States

AUG 17, 2015

These maps break down August tornadoes based on where they begin.

By the time we hit August, there’s no denying that the peak of the tornado yearis getting further and further behind us. However, August does rank higher than the six months that follow it when it comes to averages and overall numbers.

It’s actually quite a bit like July except that numbers are lower overall. The northern tier of the U.S. remains the focus of organized activity for the most part. We also often see heightened activity across parts of Florida, and Texas returns to the game after being knocked back a bit in July.

Where tornadoes form:JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

The average for August tornadoes is right around 80. This is a continuation of the decline that happens coming out of spring and early summer.

That trend will keep happening into and through the cold season, with the possible exception of a “second season” bump in October or November. Even with that bump, the numbers are generally lower than in August despite the fact that there might be a better chance of an outbreak again during that time of year.

Much like July, one reason for the lower numbers in August is simply that the jet stream is often displaced well to the north, given that we’re still near the heart of summer in the United States. Storms are also a little less frequent across the country overall compared to July, so there are fewer of the “random” incidents of tornadic activity. That said, it is a warm and humid month for much of the nation, so tornadoes can happen just about anywhere.

The grid map up top and most of the maps below don’t necessarily show major patterns for August tornadoes. As with the rest of summer, the front range of Colorado tends to be a favored spot for tornado activity. As does parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Florida and Texas are rather lit up on the maps as well. Texas, partly because it’s huge. Florida, partly due to air mass tornadoes and waterspouts moving ashore, plus increased offs of tropical storm activity as we get through the month.

Only the District of Columbia has not seen a tornado touchdown in August across the contiguous United States.

Generally, August will tend to favor at least transient high pressure pushing through the upper South and toward the mid-Atlantic, which helps stymie tornado activity in places that typically see plenty like Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky as well as immediate surrounds.

These states lead the way for tornado touchdowns in August: Texas (370); Florida (298); North Dakota (235); Colorado (201); Minnesota (192).

Related:August tornado averages by state (SPC)

As noted up top, the area of focus on a smaller scale — such as counties below — is actually fairly similar to July. The Front range, arcing up into the northern Plains, then across parts of the upper Midwest are prime zones. The desert southwest continues to be lit up a bit as monsoon persists in that region as well. There’s also maybe a hint of cold fronts beginning to progress further south and east in the Plains as well with the approach of fall.

 

While often not in the news due to short duration and way more than often weakness, Florida remains a hotspot for tornadoes, as with July. The state sees frequent air mass storm type tornadoes that are often very short lived. There is also increased likelihood of tropical system induced tornadoes as we head toward peak hurricane season.

These counties have seen the most tornado touchdowns in August: Weld, CO (31); Palm Beach, FL (25); Harris, TX (23); Sangamon, IL (22); Brevard, FL (21).

Related: The month of August by the numbers | Significant tornadoes in August

For the second month in a row, Grand Forks, ND leads the list when it comes to tornado touchdowns within NWS office boundary areas.

June, July and August all tend to favor offices well on the way to Canada. Otherwise, the map shows some of the detail the finer maps above do. There’s a paritcularly large splotch of red across the northern Plains and upper Midwest. South Florida is notably red as well.

These NWS offices that have dealt with the most touchdowns: Grand Forks, ND – FGF (164); Bismarck, ND – BIS (140); Boulder, CO – BOU (133); Twin Cities, MN – MPX (106); Tampa Bay, FL – TBW (95).

Data (1950-2014): States | Counties | NWS (.csv files)

http://www.ustornadoes.com/2015/08/17/heres-where-tornadoes-typically-form-in-august-across-the-united-states/

Crawford County Courthouse

Power surge today at Courthouse so there will be no phone service or computers until Thursday. Sorry for the inconveniences.