Citizens urged to attend hazard mitigation planning meeting

September 24, 2013

According to Lloyd Colston, Altus emergency manager, local emergency managers will have a meeting this week to discuss Hazard Mitigation in the area, and are encouraging area residents and officials to attend.

The meeting will be held at the Southwest Technology Center, 711 W. Tamarack, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26.

“Representatives of the State of Oklahoma Emergency Management program will be on hand to help the community work through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Process,” said Wayne Cain, Jackson County emergency manager.

While citizens are not individually eligible to apply for HMPG money, area residents are encouraged to attend after they review the plan (to be posted on While the resource is a draft plan, that is the plan that has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Does your school need a safe shelter? Does your town need new sirens? What does the plan say about drought?”, asked Colston. “That and more can be accomplished through this FEMA program.”

During the last few years, the HMPG paid for safe shelters for individuals in Jackson County as well as weather radios for residents.

“The City got Blackboard Connect because of HMPG money,” said Colston. “ is the signup page for the service.”

For more information, call Wayne Cain at (580) 482-0229 or email Colston at, while offers other emergency management data.