Emergencies mulled

By Katrina Goforth - kgoforth@civitasmedia.com

The City of Altus and Jackson County Local Emergency Planning Committee or LEPC gathered Wednesday for a regular meeting.

Emergency Manager Director, Wayne Cain, presided over the committee.

LEPC is a nonprofit community organization composed of police, fire emergency response personnel, industry and environmental representatives, and interested Jackson County citizens with the mission to enhance the protection of the community and environment from hazardous material incidents through planning, preparation, and communication throughout the community.

Representatives from the American Red Cross sought volunteers to assist the Altus chapter. Volunteers will receive free training and transportation to areas in need of assistance beyond Altus.

The American Red Cross provides assistance to emergency responders following house fires, tornadoes and floods by giving financial assistance, shelter and meals in urban and rural areas.

There are currently nine rural volunteer fire departments that serve Jackson County. Working with local fire departments, the American Red Cross supplies smoke alarms and assists with installation for anyone who wishes to utilize the service.

The LEPC is also seeking to include representatives from local cotton processing co-operatives and law enforcement to unite the community in emergency preparations against fires, leaks and other environmental risks.

The committee discussed upcoming training opportunities available to the citizens of Jackson County. Workshops discussing critical infrastructure resources, auxiliary communications and traffic incident management will be held in October and November.

For more information on workshops or joining LEPC, contact Wayne Cain at 580-482-0229.

By Katrina Goforth


Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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