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State briefs for April 17



Official: It's time to prepare for severe weather

Preparation and information are key to reducing stress related to severe-weather season, according to Emergency Preparedness Supervisor Blaine Bolding at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

“Knowing the difference between a watch and warning is vital to your safety," Bolding said. A watch means be prepared and ready to act if a warning is issued, while a warning indicates imminent danger to life and property exists. Take shelter in a substantial building or shelter. Get out of mobile homes.”

Bolding recommends making an emergency preparedness kit and store items in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. Include things like infant formula, bottles and diapers; nonprescription medications and personal hygiene items; pet food and extra water; cash, insurance policies and Social Security cards; sleeping bags or a blanket for each person; books and games; and a three-day supply of water and nonperishable foods.

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Activist to keynote preservation conference

LaDonna Harris, American Indian activist and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference scheduled April 24-26 on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The conference, sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society, will feature tours, two luncheons, a celebration of Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata and presentations relating to the theme of “Women Who Built History."

The annual awards luncheon on April 26 will celebrate accomplishment in Oklahoma history and induct four people into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. Tours will include the Comanche Nation bird sanctuary and feather repository, which houses several bird species, Comanche artifacts and documents; the Verden Separate School preservation project and the Grady County Museum.

Saturday is the deadline to register for the conference. Detailed information and registration forms may be obtained at or by contacting Larry O’Dell at 405-522-6676 or or Angela Spindle at 405-522-0317 or


LanKford schedules community conversation

The office of U.S. Sen. James Lankford announced Tuesday a community conversation has been scheduled for noon Thursday at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center. Lankford will be joined by James Carroll, director of the National Drug Control Policy for The White House. The meeting is free to the public.

Staff reports