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Shawnee will receive a designation award by the World Health Organization as one of seven safe communities in the nation. The Oklahoma State Department of Health selected Shawnee to participate in the year long application process for the designation that will be awarded at Woodland-Veteran’s Park April 17th during the Child Abuse Prevention and Family Safety Day. Safe Communities partnered with the Kelsey Briggs Foundation to offer the community a free safety fair from 10am to 3pm in honor of Child Abuse Awareness month. Venders will offer booths with information and services, kids will enjoy moonwalk, face painting, fire clowns and learn about safety through demonstrations for the whole family. When the Oklahoma State Department of Health approached Tina Johnson, Administrator for the Pottawatomie Health Department, she took the opportunity to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). “They’ve been very active in the community and safety is one of their main interests so I presented it to them. They were very excited and then I started going into the community identifying the different safety programs and events available in the community.” The LEPC is comprised of businesses, schools, city government, tribes and various agencies who Jennifer Dawson, Technician for the Emergency Management Office, says was the steering committee for the project. The year-long application involves inventorying and reviewing safety plans from all sectors of the community and goes far beyond car seat checks and home safety. “You have to have so many different players in relation to safety,” said Johnson. “Many times people think about seatbelts and bicycle helmets for their child but there are so many facets of safety in a community. It’s about having side-
walks for people to walk on instead of the street, industries making sure their workplace is safe or the right location for a stoplight. It covers so many different areas in the community so you have to have all of those represented for it to be successful.” So how does Shawnee rate when it comes to real crisis? Jennifer Dawson says, “I think we’re pretty well prepared. We do a lot of exercises. We have plans and we review those plans, most of them annually. We’re constantly discussing different aspects of a plan and updating them to make sure they’re what they need to be and then we exercise them.” Dawson added that Shawnee is prepared for tornados, floods, fires, and even bioterrorism. According to Johnson, we’re even ready to help Oklahoma City. “Shawnee is a part of the City Readiness Initiative. Because of where we’re located we would work closely Oklahoma County if there were a large scale incident that occurred in Oklahoma City. That relationship in developing those resources with Oklahoma County has been very beneficial for us as well. Centers for Disease Control conducted a site visit last April and we scored 95, one of the highest scores in the nation. We’re very pleased with that.” Both Johnson and Dawson are pleased with how well Shawnee businesses, agencies and organizations are prepared for crisis. “It makes you feel comfortable knowing that others know what their role and responsibility is. You have peace of mind,” said Dawson, “knowing it’s going to go as smoothly as possible because you’ve taken the time to prepare.” Johnson said as they began to document contacts and safety procedures, the community began to communicate more effectively and discover they could work together even more. “We had three or four organizations doing car seat
safety checks, which is good. Now we can let them know they can pull their resources together and have more options for those participating or we can receive a call from someone needing car seat safety checks and have the information ready for them. It helps make sure all those resources are available for those who need it.” The Safe Community certification is also good for business. “I think that’s a big interest to businesses considering a location where their employees will work and live. Being a safe community will make a difference in that process. We’ve also already begun to see grant opportunities available.” Representatives from Safe Community Canada performed their site visit last November and they were impressed. For two days they reviewed safety plans beginning with the Pott. County Health department and moved on to the business sector with Exxon Mobil, famous for their workplace safety. They viewed slideshows from various agencies at Unity Health and attended safety demonstrations like car seat safety checks State Farmer Insurance and the Tai Chi exercises used at the Senior Citizens Center to prevent fall injuries. They met with the police and fire department, Gordon Cooper and more. Johnson says the evaluation isn’t based on a rigid list of requirements by the WHO. “It’s about what your community needs. We do a needs assessment and then talk to the people who live and work in the community to find out what the concerns and issues are.” Dawson said the certification is a reflection of the community. “It’s not anything we’ve done. We’ve just promoted what the community was already doing. We didn’t go out and start all these programs.” Johnson added, “I’m proud of Shawnee. It’s a great community.”
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time marches on by: Scott Bartley
ell kids, we made it through the first quarter of the year. Well done! Spring has sprung, birds are chirping, trees are bloomingspring is a great time. Easter is upon us- time to shine those shoes, comb your hair, put on your Sunday best, and enjoy one of my favorite Easter traditions- the Cadbury creme Egg. Yes, you heard me- I love those little guys! An egg of delicious milk chocolate, filled with creamy, faux egg innards? Love them!!! However, this is not an article about Easter. I’m writing about something that affects us all whether we like it or not- aging. Yes, Father Time visits all of us, but some of us get hit harder than others. At the ripe old age of 42, I started thinking about my age a few years ago, when I hit the magical 40. And it really smacked me in the face in February, when we celebrated birthdays for my daughters. Sabrina turned 10, and Marilyn turned 4. Probably doesn’t seem that old to most of you, but the fact that my eldest is no longer in the single digits gave me pause. Just 2 more years to Middle School, and 6 more years untilgasp- drivers license!! And then- college. Goodbye Sabrina!! Where has the time gone??? Marilyn still has a way to go. However, Cindy and I always shudder a bit when we think about how old we’ll be when Marilyn graduates- 58. Fiftyeight stinkin years old!! Do they allow walkers and wheelchairs at high school graduations? Will Marilyn be embarrassed if we have to stop for some extra Depends on our way to the event? Okay, so I hyperbolize a bit. But that still sounds pretty old to me. Age is relative. It’s a state of mind. I do believe these statements, to an extent. There are some people who seem to age rapidly, and others who hang on to their youth. My father was an
She insists that I am starting to resemble Bert from Sesame Street, with an ever thickening unibrow.
old man before his time. I’ve told you a bit before about his battles with alcoholism and chain smoking, and these had a lot to do with it. He died when he was 65, and seemed really old to me at the time. But then there are people like the age defying Jim Brown, former OBU professor. Jim can still run circles around me, and I’m pretty sure he’s around 105. I hope I’m half as active as he is. And my dear old mom is still feisty at 87. Unfortunately, if I’m going to be moving around at that age, I need to be moving around at this age. Exercise- you are a millstone around around my neck!! When are they going to develop a pill that gives us the benefits of exercise? Sign me up!! So how has age affected me personally? I see a few signs. My metabolism is horrible. I’ve always struggled with weight, but it’s getting harder the older I get. I try to be more selective in my eating habits. (“Try” is the key word here) Also, I’m starting to get those nagging little aches and pains that weren’t there before. Getting out of bed in the morning requires some effort, accompanied with some moans and groans. A few weeks ago I was working at a Benefits/Wellness event at Unity Hospital. They had a test to see how flexible you were. I tried it, and was told that I’m WAY below where a man my age should be. But I do have a very strong grip, surprisingly. I guess that’s from the extra firm handshakes that I dole out. My eyesight has always been bad, so there’s really no difference there. And since I don’t really spend much time in the sun, my skin
is in pretty good shape. One thing I’m pretty proud of is my hair. Now don’t get me wrongby no means do I have a thick head of hair. It is thinning and receding somewhat. But if you look at pictures of me from my childhood, you’ll see I’ve always had a somewhat billboard sized forehead. No, what I’m really excited about is my hair color- it’s still dark! Many of my younger friends already have a good salt-n-peppa thing going, but so far, I’ve only found one or two of the little gray fellows. And speaking of hair, it is starting to make appearances in places that are unexpected. A favorite game that my red-hot smokin wife likes to play is “Pluck the Eyebrows”. She insists that I am starting to resemble Bert from Sesame Street, with an ever thickening unibrow. Trust me- it’s not that bad. But she gleefully grabs the tweezers, and begins plucking away, as I squeal in pain, tears streaming down my cheeks. And speaking of my wife, she looks fabulous for her age. In fact, people who don’t know us wonder what kind of a man am I that would run around with a girl half my age. I just tell them I’m extremely wealthy, and she’s my trophy wife. What about you friends? Any signs of aging yet? I’m not talking to you punk kids in your 20’s- your time will come. But to those of you 30 and up- any good aging stories? Any of you break a hip yet? Remember, you can share with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear your stories! Uh-oh- I have to run. Cindy has the tweezers out, and I just don’t think I can take the pain right now......
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