GRANT ANNOUNCED TO AID AREA COUNTIES
The Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) has received a grant that will provide free installation of specialized smoke alarms and alert equipment in the homes of individuals with hearing impairments in a 24-county area. OkAT has partnered with Oklahoma ABLE Tech and Fire Protection Publications at Oklahoma State University to implement the smoke alarm project.
"Oklahoma has more home fire deaths than most other states. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing are especially at risk because they cannot hear standard smoke alarms,” said Nancy Trench, assistant director at Fire Protection Publications.
The specialized equipment will use a bed shaker, a very loud low frequency bedside alert signal, and in some homes, a strobe light to alert individuals of a fire.
Individuals of all ages with a documented hearing impairment, who live in the following counties, are eligible to apply for free smoke alarms and alert equipment to be installed in their home: Atoka, Canadian, Cleveland, Comanche, Creek, Hughes, Kay, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, McIntosh, Noble, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington.
The smoke alarms and alert equipment have already improved the lives of individuals around the state of Oklahoma by offering a higher level of home safety. A local Stillwater resident, who recently received the specialized equipment, expressed gratitude for the help. “Thank you for your smoke alarm program; mine was installed this week and it really works! I would have gone blithely along without such technology if not for your program. I am most impressed and will continue to tell my friends with hearing difficulty about the program.”
For more information and an application for free smoke alarms and alert equipment, please contact Oklahoma ABLE Tech at (405) 744-9748 or (888) 885-5588 or visit www.okabletech.okstate.edu.
EARTHQUAKE RUMBLES NEAR YALE SUNDAY EVENING
A small earthquake rumbled near the town of Yale, Oklahoma Sunday evening.
The 3.2 magnitude quake struck around 5:20 p.m. The epicenter of the earthquake was located seven miles west, northwest of Yale at a depth of less than two miles.
No injuries or damage have been reported with this quake.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest ones felt by humans. Damage is more likely with quakes 4.0 and above.
STILLWATER LIBRARY TO CLOSE JULY 30TH FOR REPAIRS
The Stillwater Public Library will be closed Wednesday, July 30, from 9 a.m. until completion of electrical work being done on the building. Online services such as eBook lending and database use will not be affected.
According to library director, Lynda Reynolds, the library is expected to reopen sometime between 11 a.m. and noon. Library users are encouraged to call 405-372-3633 or check the library’s webpage at http://library.stillwater.org before visiting.
An online message will also be posted in the event of rain, which will postpone the electrical work and library closing.
For more information, please contact the Help Desk at ext. 8106 or email email@example.com.
RED CROSS LOOKING FOR DONORS AS BLOOD SUPPLY REPORTED AS LOW
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.
“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO for the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.
Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” Blood is needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.
ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT SEEKING MORE ENTRIES
Lights on Stillwater, a favorite event for the Oklahoma State University community for more than 20 years, is set for Wednesday, August 20, and organizers are looking for vendors who wish to participate.
Lights on Stillwater allows local businesses and organizations the opportunity to interact with OSU students the first week of the fall semester. The event draws more than 8,000 students and local residents.
The North Plaza on the Hall of Fame side of Boone Pickens Stadium will serve as the location for this year's Lights on Stillwater, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association at OSU, which recommends booth registration forms be completed and received, along with appropriate fees, by August 1. Booth space starts at $75. Registration forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the SGA office, there is a $25 late fee for registration after the deadline.
The number of booths available is limited due to space restrictions, so SGA urges you register as soon as possible to reserve a spot.
For more information, contact Charlie Gibson or Susan Simmons at (405) 744-6500.
STILLWATER RESIDENTS CAN NOW APPLY FOR A SAFE ROOM GRANT
The City of Stillwater will be accepting applications for another round of safe room grants. The deadline to submit the Safe Room Voluntary Participation Form to the grants coordinator is Friday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.
For those who meet the criteria, they may receive a 75 percent rebate (up to $2,000) on a home shelter. The Criteria includes the following:
· The property on which the safe room will be built/installed must be within Stillwater's city limits.
· The property must serve as the applicant's primary residence.
· The applicant must be the property owner.
· The applicant must be able to pay for the safe room's purchase, installation and other fees associated with construction. Receipts are required for reimbursement, which will take approximately eight to ten weeks to process.
· There can only be one safe room reimbursement per homeowner.
· In-ground safe rooms must be within 100 feet of the house's foundation.
· The safe room must meet FEMA standards. For in-ground safe rooms, see FEMA standard code 321; for above-ground safe rooms, see FEMA standard code 361.
· In-ground safe rooms cannot be built in a FEMA-identified flood area.
According to Grants Coordinator Valerie Silvers, “It’s important that you receive an official letter from the City of Stillwater stating you are approved for the 75 percent rebate (up to $2,000) before you purchase your safe room. Otherwise, you won’t be reimbursed.”
Recent data shows the cost of a FEMA approved safe room can be anywhere from $2,480 to over $4,000, depending upon the size and style you choose. Aboveground safe rooms must be placed on a concrete slab, and the price for the slab is not included in the estimates listed above.
In the Stillwater area, the most popular choice for safe rooms are ones that are in ground, installed in either the garage floor or the yard.
For more information, contact Silvers at (405) 742-8345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Room Voluntary Participation Forms are available for pick up at the Stillwater Municipal Building at the Development Services Help Desk, 2nd floor or online at Stillwater.org.
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