Emergency communications leaders from across the state gathered Tuesday, April 15th for their annual “9-1-1 Day at the State Capitol” event. Much of the discussion among the 9-1-1 leaders and with state legislators revolved around Senate Bill 1445. Senate Bill 1445 failed to gain approval from the House’s General Government Committee earlier in the month. The bill would have allowed counties to increase the current service fee from $.50 to $2.25.
On Thursday, May 1st and Friday, May 2nd, 5th grade students from three Oklahoma City Public Schools will learn about walkability and active transportation through the NeighborWalk Youth Walkability Program. Developed via a partnership among the City of Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability, the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture’s Division of Regional and City Planning, NeighborWalk engages children, teachers, parents and volunteers through a field trip and presentation to the Oklahoma City Council.
In 1991 a Congressional resolution designated the second full week in April each year as National Telecommunitor Week. Since this time, public safety agencies nationwide have recognized Telecommunicators, dispatchers, communication operators and radio control personnel for the pivotal role they play in public safety.
Public safety dispatchers provide a critical service to the community and all emergency personnel while performing their duties with integrity, quality, accountability and respect. As the first person on the scene of nearly every crime, fire and medical emergency, the 9-1-1 dispatcher continues to be an invaluable resource for agencies of all sizes.
This year we are celebrating 9-1-1 ACOG’s 25 year anniversary.
We will be hosting our annual PSAP contest on April 12th at Andy Alligators. The contest is a 4-man Miniature Golf Tournament for 9-1-1 ACOG PSAPs. We will be delivering gifts to each PSAP beginning April 10th. In recognition of our 25 year anniversary we will be giving each dispatcher a 9-1-1 ACOG jacket.
Each year we honor dispatchers from the 9-1-1 ACOG region. Nominations have been submitted and the awards committee will select the recipients for the 2014 Dispatcher of the Year and 9-1-1 Everyday Hero. The awards ceremony for our Dispatcher of the Year, 9-1-1 Everyday Hero, and PSAP contest winners will be in May. We will announce the date as soon as it is scheduled.
If you have any questions about National Telecommunicator Week, please contact Lysa Baker, 9-1-1 Education Coordinator by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the second year in a row, downtown Oklahoma City’s bike share program, Spokies, will offer free membership throughout the month of April in celebration of Earth Day. New users can register via the Spokies website and use the promo code “EARTH2014” to enjoy a free membership through April 30th.
A stretch of NW 23rd Street – from Western Avenue to Robinson Avenue, to be exact – will be closed off to vehicular traffic but open for people on Sunday, March 30th, as part of Oklahoma City’s first-ever Open Streets event. From 12PM to 4PM, more than 40 businesses and organizations will gather to participate in a celebration of health, wellness and active transportation. Read More…
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Policy Statement and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the provision of Text to 9-1-1 services and other next generation 9-1-1 applications.
The Policy Statement builds upon the earlier voluntary agreement reached between the public safety communications organizations and the four national wireless carriers to offer Text to 9-1-1 service. “APCO is pleased with the progress of our voluntary agreement and appreciates the Commission’s acknowledgement, through its Policy Statement, of the value of this agreement to serve as a model for extending Text to 9-1-1 services to other parties and platforms,” said APCO President Gigi Smith.
Oklahoma is getting pretty dry, as the latest drought maps show. In response to the drought crisis, state water agency officials and planning specialists will hold a series of public meetings to share information and obtain feedback on water conservation strategies that could mitigate projected water shortages in Oklahoma’s most compromised areas – the “hot spots”.
Agriculture producers, water providers, and interested citizens residing in and around these areas—those determined to have the most significant water supply challenges within the next 50 years—will be offered an opportunity to shape actions that could collectively satisfy future water demands and thus avoid substantial water shortages projected in those areas. The meetings, hosted by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, will be held March 11 in Goodwell at the Hughes Strong Auditorium on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University campus, March 12 at the Quartz Mountain Resort (north of Altus), and March 13 in Duncan at the Simmons Center. Each meeting will start at 6 pm.
Oklahoma’s 82 watershed planning basins are likely to experience surface water and/or groundwater deficits by 2060. (A copy of these investigations can be downloaded at: Hot Spot Report). While the magnitude or probability of projected shortages is relatively minor in many areas, each of the dozen Hot Spot basins are facing potentially large and recurring water deficiencies that require more immediate attention. “In 2006, when we initiated the Water Plan update, our overriding goal was to meet the long-term water needs of every Oklahoman,” says J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director. “If we can address the looming water supply problems of those citizens and water users at greatest risk—those residing in identified Hot Spots—then we can certainly implement effective strategies wherever water challenges exist in Oklahoma.”
With the Legislature’s passage of the Water for 2060 Act in 2012—prompted by a priority recommendation of the most recent OCWP update—Oklahoma has become the first state in the nation to establish a statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than is consumed today. To meet this ambitious goal, the Water for 2060 Advisory Council was convened in 2013 to begin formulating conservation practices, incentives, and educational programs that could accordingly moderate statewide water usage. The OWRB, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their contractors support the work of the Advisory Council while conducting more intensive investigations of conservation strategies proposed by the OCWP.
For more information, contact John Harrington at email@example.com.
Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is conducting a water and land issues symposium every Friday in March 2014. The program titled Surviving the Elements: Land & Water Issues of the West aims to increase awareness of such issues in the American West, by focusing on stewardship and conservation.
The educational program series is focusing on the ranching, farming, agri-business sectors with real stories and discussions on such topics as land and pasture management, water usage, conservation measures, herd management, new resource preservation and enhancement strategies. The Museum aims to make an impact, be a change agent and facilitate solutions in this important Western industry. At the center of this conversation will be the four day symposium held in March 2014 featuring world-renowned experts on the topic.
Please encourage your students, clients, customers, advocates, specialists to register and attend this one-of-a-kind event with nationally-recognized keynote speakers (the Coca-Cola grant covers price of admission; a modest $10 fee buys lunch, program collateral…) or sign-up online for streaming video.
For more information and speaker schedule, go to www.survivingtheelements.org.
On February 13th, the City of Edmond announced their designation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Green Power Community, the first such designation to be conferred upon any city in the state of Oklahoma. The designation recognizes the use of renewable energy in both the City of Edmond’s facilities and the University of Central Oklahoma campus.