Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Safety At Home

•Keep doors and windows locked; this is the first step in staying safe. Make sure the doors are made of solid wood or metal, not hollow core doors. Check the window locks, to make sure they are in good working order. Place a wood or metal bar in the lower track of sliding glass doors, for added protection.

Install a security system or a life alert program. The life alert program is not just for sick or elderly people; it's a great program for those who live alone. It is a monthly program that monitors your well being.

Install a motion detector outdoors, to light the walkways and sides of the house. Make sure the porch lights are working.

Trim bushes and plants in front of doors and windows; they can offer a good hiding place for a burglar.

Get a dog and keep it indoors with you. A dog can keep you safe by warning you of intruders.

•List only your last name and first initial in the phone book.
•Reprogram the answering machine to add the word "we."
•Never leave ladders or tools within easy reach, as a burglar can use them to break in.
•Never leave a spare key under the mat or flowerpot.
•Never allow an uninvited person into your home; make an excuse if necessary.
•Always check credentials of repairmen, and call their place of business to verify who they are.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


OK, I know some where here in my posts I have covered Recycling but I can't remember where, lol, so here is some updated info for ya.

Homeland parking lot located at Kickapoo and Independence or 700 E. 45Th. both of these locations are open from 8-5 Mon.-Thurs. but they are closed from 12-1 pm for lunch I guess. and from 8:30-12pm on Fri. & Sat. You will have to bring your Sanitation bill, IE; water bill and your Photo ID.

Oh ya, look under recycle

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Stranger Safety for Kids

"Never talk to strangers!" That's not all kids strangers are not only on the streets but on the Internet, at the parks, in our shopping malls, basically everywhere a child goes there is a stranger.
Strangers look like normal people, a stranger could be a man or woman a boy or girl. They could be short or tall, skinny or fat. Most strangers are nice but some are mean. A stranger is someone you don't know very well or know at all. Someone that you have never seen before or never met before, or an acquaintance of the family who knows you by name but that you don't know.
A stranger that has bad intentions could try to coax a child into a vehicle by saying that the child's parent is sick or in the hospital.
Please, tell your child that you will never send a stranger to get them. If you have no choice, in advance before that situation arises, agree on a code word with your child that the person must know before your child goes with them.

You should never accept a ride from a stranger, Never get into someones car that you or your parents don't know. Unless they know the code word.

If a stranger asks for help? Say no- leave immediately, step back while their talking to you, and don’t approach cars, vans or trucks. Tell your parents immediately.

If someone offers you candy, a present, money, or a ride? Ask your parents and adult in charge before accepting anything
Follows you to or from school or the playground. Go to a safe place right away. Be ready to run.

Approaches you in the store or what if you get lost while shopping? Look for a store employee wearing a uniform and name tag, remain at the front of the store until your parent comes to you.

Tries to grab you or says, “Come with me, or else” begin running to a safe place with people and lights, screaming, Stranger as you run. Report it to your parents or trusted adult immediately.


If someone tries to harm you remember what they looked like.
How tall. hair color, was it short,long,curly,short,. about how old was he or she. Did this person have any scars tattoos or birthmarks? What type of clothing remember the color and descriptions.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Summer Fire Safety

Fires can be prevented. A few easy steps can save your life!

Barbecue Grills
Keep grills at least 10 feet from siding and eaves.
Never use a grill in a garage or carport.
Before using a gas grill, check hoses and connections for leaks.
Check that the venturi tubes-where gas and air mix-are not blocked.
Never overfill a propane tank.
Consumers should only use propane tanks that have a three-pronged valve: this is a sign that there is an overfill protection device in the tanks.
When lighting a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add fluid after the fire is started.
To dispose of hot coals, soak them with water and stir to make sure the fire is out.
Never put coals in plastic, wood, or paper containers.
Wear snug-fitting clothing when grilling.
For safety's sake, leave fireworks to the professionals.
Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.
If you do use fireworks, light them outdoors, away from dry grass.
Always have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
Never let children light or play with fireworks.
Wear snug-fitting clothing while lighting fireworks.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New polycarts

Central Disposal LLC to provide the City of Shawnee residents with collection and disposal of their household solid waste and recycling. This contract will come into effect as of July 1st, 2010.

Allied Waste will be picking up their polycarts on your last service day this month. More information will be attached as a flyer to your polycart. Please see the following schedule to see when your green polycart will be picked up:

Thursday customers: June 24th
Friday customers: June 25th
Monday customers: June 28th
Tuesday customers: June 29th
Wednesday customers: June 30th

Central Disposal will start delivering your new “navy blue” polycart the week of June 21st. After your current polycart is removed you can start to utilize your new “navy blue” polycart provided by Central Disposal.
City of Shawnee web site.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Safety Tips
To keep your kids safe:
Don't leave them in a car, which can quickly heat up, especially on a hot, sunny day.
Always lock your car and secure the keys so that your kids can't get to them.
Warn your kids about playing in the car by themselves without adult supervision.
Install a trunk release mechanism, so that they can't get trapped in the trunk.
Get your kids out of the car first, and then worry about getting the groceries, etc., out of the car when you get home.
Make sure that child car providers and day care workers have a plan to make sure that kids aren't left in the day care providers car or van.

If you are afraid that you might leave your sleeping infant or toddler in their car seat when you get out of the car, place a reminder on the dashboard.
Also be on alert for cars that might have an unattended child left inside. If you see a child alone in a car, be sure to call 911 and help make sure the child gets out as soon as possible.

In addition to the risk of being abducted if they are left alone in a car, on a typical summer day, the temperature inside a car (even with the windows rolled down a little) can quickly rise above 120 to 140 degrees. Even on a relatively mild day, the temperature inside a car can get above 100 degrees. At those temperatures, kids are at great risk for heat stroke, which can lead to a high fever, dehydration, seizures, stroke and death.
If you don't think that it can happen to you or your kids, consider these descriptions from the death certificates of children from 1998 that were published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
A 9 month old died after being 'left strapped in child safety seat in a sweltering minivan for two hours - misunderstanding between child's parents resulted in the child being left alone in the van; one parent believed infant was at home with other'

A 6 month old 'baby died when accidentally left in hot car for 3 hrs, died when outside 90-degree temperatures rose to 130 degrees inside closed car, parents thought the other had carried the baby from the car to crib'

A 34 month old 'toddler who recently learned how to open a car door apparently climbed inside family station wagon while parent and sibling were in house'

A 23 month old died when a 'relative babysitting child, put child in car for trip to store, went back in house having forgotten something, was distracted by something on television, sat on couch to watch, fell asleep, woke up two hours later'

A 2 year old died after a 'parent left child in car after returning home from errand - was left for more than an hour'

A 2 year old 'child apparently slipped away from parents and siblings, fell asleep atop blanket in unlocked car in driveway of home, oldest sibling found child 40 minutes later'

Always Always thank about your children first!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Clean

This Spring you no longer have to take your bulk waste to different locations around the City, you can put it at the curbside! Allied Waste and the City of Shawnee are working together this Spring to provide CurbSide Bulk Waste Pick-Up in April of 2010.

2010 Spring Clean Up Schedule


Wednesday April 7, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Earthquake Hits Shawnee

Did you all feel the Earthquake that hit us here in Shawnee? About 4:24 PM Saturday, February 28, 2010. You could feel the house moving back and forth there were two waves that came through. Interesting because I was on the computer looking up more info. on the Earthquake that hit Chili and the Tsunami that is on it's way to Hawaii.


Saturday, March 6th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Shawnee Fire Station #3
306 East MacArthur Street
Shawnee, OK 74804

There will be a limited number of child safety seats for eligible families.
Required: proof of government assistance, i.e. WIC, food stamps, etc and $10 co-pay.

Safe Kids Oklahoma
A program of
Oklahoma Highway Safety Office
(405) 271-5695

recent crime in the area

2/20 Eluding police - Kirk
2/19 domestic - Overland Ct.
2/16 petit larceny - Pottenger
2/3 public drunk - W. Ford
2/3 warrants/misdemeanor arrest - N Kickapoo
2/18 juvenile runaway - W Wood
2/13 larceny from a house - N Chapman Ave
2/14 larceny from a house - W Benedict St.
2/20 burglary 2nd degree building - W benedict St.
2/6 burglary 2nd degree building - W Benedict St.

Monday, February 15, 2010

K2 "synthetic" marijuana

K2 contains the same active ingredient as marijuana. However, the synthetic cannabinoids in K2 are made in a lab and are not restricted by law.

K2 is a legal, smokable, herbal drug with chemical properties very similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Staff at Clemson University first created the drug that was until now primarily used as incense and plant food.

K2 is also addictive and produces side effects similar to marijuana.

Some people that have smoked K2 complain or feel the following anxiety, agitation, elevated blood pressure and fast heart rate after smoking the drug.

K2 is packaged and sold in four varieties in three gram packages bags for $15 to $30 a piece depending on what type of mixture.
Known as K2 Summit, K2 Blonde, K2 Citron, K2 Standard
Contained with in the mixture of K2 standard includes the following extracts and herbs: canavalia rosea,clematis vitalba,nelumbo nucifera, pedicularis grandifolia, heimia salicifolia, leonurus sibiricus and ledum palustre.

This was a hard one to find out more information on. Kansas is in the process of making it illegal in their state. The use of the K2 mixture was only recently introduced into the United States, although it has been popular in Great Britain since 2008 and was introduced in Germany about three years ago.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

February is teen dating and violence awareness month

Raise awareness for teen dating violence by wearing your heart on your sleeve the whole month of February. Make your own heart or put on a heart sticker.


http://www.athinline.org/ covers the subjects of sexting, constant messaging, spying, digital disrespect, and cruelty on cell phones.

http://www.teendvmonth.org/about-teen-dating-violence.html National resource center for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Your Relationship is Healthy If…
You trust your partner.
You treat each other the way you want to be treated, and accept each other’s opinions and interests.
You each feel physically safe in the relationship.
Your partner likes your friends and encourages you to spend time with them and wants to include them in his/her life as well as yours.
You make important decisions together.
Your partner understands when you spend time away from him or her.
You don’t feel responsible for protecting your partner’s reputation or for covering for his/her mistakes.
Your partner encourages you to enjoy different activities (like joining the volleyball team or football team, running for student government, or being in a play) and helps you reach your goals.
Your partner likes you for who you are – not just for what you look like.
You are not afraid to say what you think and why you think that way. You like to hear how your partner thinks, and don’t always have to agree.
You have both a friendship and a physical attraction.
You don’t have to be with your partner 24/7.
Your partner doesn’t force sexual activity or insist that you do something that makes you uncomfortable.

Red Flags for Abusive Relationships
The following is a list of warning signs for potentially abusive relationships. They are presented as guidelines and cues to pay attention to, not as judgments on the worth of the other person.
Question relationships with partners who:
Abuse alcohol or other drugs.
Have a history of trouble with the law, get into fights, or break and destroy property.
Don’t work or go to school.
Blame you for how they treat you, or for anything bad that happens.
Abuse siblings, other family members, children or pets.
Put down people, including your family and friends, or call them names.
Are always angry at someone or something.
Try to isolate you and control whom you see or where you go.
Nag you or force you to be sexual when you don’t want to be.
Cheat on you or have lots of partners.
Are physically rough with you (push, shove, pull, yank, squeeze, restrain).
Take your money or take advantage of you in other ways.
Accuse you of flirting or “coming on” to others or accuse you of cheating on them.
Don’t listen to you or show interest in your opinions or feelings. . .things always have to be done their way.
Ignore you, give you the silent treatment, or hang up on you.
Lie to you, don’t show up for dates, maybe even disappear for days.
Make vulgar comments about others in your presence
Blame all arguments and problems on you.
Tell you how to dress or act.
Threaten to kill themselves if you break up with them, or tell you that they cannot live without you.
Experience extreme mood swings. . .tell you you’re the greatest one minute and rip you apart the next minute.
Tell you to shut up or tell you you’re dumb, stupid, fat, or call you some other name (directly or indirectly).
Compare you to former partners.

Some other cues that might indicate an abusive relationship might include:
You feel afraid to break up with them.
You feel tied down, feel like you have to check-in.
You feel afraid to make decisions or bring up certain subjects so that the other person won’t get mad.
You tell yourself that if you just try harder and love your partner enough that everything will be just fine.
You find yourself crying a lot, being depressed or unhappy.
You find yourself worrying and obsessing about how to please your partner and keep them happy.
You find the physical or emotional abuse getting worse over time.

What are your rights in a relationship?
To express your opinions and have them be respected
To have your needs be as important as your partner’s needs
To grow as an individual in your own way
To change your mind
To not take responsibility for your partner’s behavior
To not be physically, emotionally, verbally or sexually abused
To break up with or fall out of love with someone and not be threatened

National Resources
Intimate Partner Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 140 languages through interpreter services. 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) (or 1-800-787-3224 TTY)

National Center for Victims of Crime: Dating Violence Resource Center Online resources include fact sheets, tip sheets for teens, parents, service providers, school administrators, and anyone else concerned about dating violence. www.ncvc.org/dvrc

http://www.ncavp.org/AVPs/default.aspx National colition of Anti-Violence Programs

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