Lawton, Ok. – Weather spotters were out in force the afternoon of March 17 as conditions came together for the late winter severe weather scenerio. And they were not disappointed as funnel clouds formed from near Hobart in Kiowa County to just east of Lawton in Comanche County.
Oklahoma City, Ok. – Oklahoma's Homeland Security Threat Level was raised March 17 to the High Condition/Orange status after Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry received notification of the increased alert to high/orange status at the federal level from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.
Atlanta, Ga. – One way to keep mosquitoes from invading your home territory is to keep them from breeding near your house. With better weather, it's a good time to scout around your yard. Pick up trash and empty any containers that may have accumulated recent precipitation to keep mosquitoes from breeding there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes it will soon be time for West Nile virus watches to begin around the nation with some birds considered to give early warning as they are susceptible to the mosquito-borne illness.
Lawton, Ok. – Cameron University's School of Business hosts its March 12 Business Forum for the public on the topic of "Challenges Facing the Healthcare Industry: What Should the Consumer Expect?" The forum is free in the Will Rogers Room of Shepler Center on the Lawton campus during the noon hour with an optional lunch available at a nominal cost. Presenters will be Randy Segler, Administrator, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, plus Administrator Tom Rine of HCA Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton.
Oklahoma City, Ok. – Oklahoma already was represented by more than 3,000 Ok. National Guard and Reserve members called to active duty with possible war threatened in Iraq. Now about 350 more Army Guard members have received orders to deploy for repositioning in the global war on terrorism. Included are some 200 soldiers with the 1345th Transportation Company in Midwest City, about 50 with the 45th Rear Operation Center in Midwest City, and some 100 with the 45th Headquarters Batter in Enid.