Sunday, September 9, 2012

September Meeting

This Tuesday will be our next meeting we will be having guest speaker Jeff George from Fox 25 Storm Watch Chief Meteorologist. Weekdays from 5-10am on the FOX 25 Morning News and Good Day Oklahoma.  The meeting will be at the Wallace Ave. Baptist Church, starting at 6:30pm.  Bring your friends and family. Hope to see you there, to learn about Oklahoma's ever changing weather.  Direct link to KOKH Fox News weather  Direct link to KOKH Fox News

Monday, August 13, 2012

August 14, 2012 Meeting

Our next meeting will be held at the Wallace Ave. Baptist Church. Starting at 6:30pm

Our speaker will be Robert Saunders.  He will be speaking to us about starting a new website for the neighborhood watch, his areas of expertise include:  Network and System Security, Research and Development, Database Design, Project Management, and Web Site Design and Layout among other areas.

Don't forget to Vote on the 28th of August for the Ward Four Commissioner and for our new State Senator for District 17.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

ICE (In Case of Emergency)

While searching the Internet I came upon this concept Ice (In case of Emergency) It can be an important method of contact during emergency situations for people attending us to get hold of family members to inform them that we have been involved in an accident.
All you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency as "ICE" (meaning In Case of Emergency) on your mobile phone.
In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialing the number stored as "ICE".
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Meet the Candidates

The following Candidates will be at our next Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Tuesday, June 11.  At the Wallace Ave. Baptist Church starting at 6:30 PM.

For Mayor
Linda Peterson
Ed Cole
Wesley Mainord

For Ward Two Commissioner
Linda Agee
Joe Davis

For Ward Three Commissioner
James Harrod
Jeannetta Townes

For Ward Four Commissioner
Keith Hall
David Bergsten
Billy J. Collier

County Officers

For County Clerk
Stacie O'Bright-Brown
Raeshel Flewallen

For County Commissioner District No. 2
Frank Sims
Bryan Richards

State Officers

For Corporation Commissioner (full term)
Bob Anthony
Brook Mitchell

Legislative Officers

For State Senator District 17
Ron Sharp
Ernest R. Clark
Mike Jestes
Ed Moore

For State Representative District 26
Justin Freeland Wood
Michael Shaw

Saturday, April 14, 2012


The following are our local storm shelter locations.
Boy Scout Park- Pesotum and Main
Shawnee City Hall- 16 W Ninth   closed
Swquoyah School - Independence and Sequoyah  closed
Shawnee Fire Station #3 MacArthur and Oklahoma  closed
The Sac and Fox tribe has an underground shelter behind the shopping area at 45th and Kickapoo streets.

North Rock Creek School
Shawnee Early Childhood Center, Federal and Airport Drive. Enter on east side door of the safe room/gym.
Immanuel baptist church on 45th off of Harrison. Enter at doors under steeple.

Difference between a storm warning and watch
A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted or has been detected by radar. Take shelter immediately.
A tornado watch means that tornado's are possible.

 Shawnee City Hall, fire station number 3 and Sequoia Elementary School will no longer be used as shelters.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Why have a neighborhood watch

Are you tired of the drug dealers in your neighborhood and all the traffic that the drug house brings to your streets? Can you go outside and feel safe in your own front yard? Can your children play outside? Has there been break-ins down the street? Is their graffiti on your neighbors fence? Is there gang members living two houses down from you? Are there abandoned cars down the street? Is the grass in the summer blocking your view? Rats in your garbage because of that abandoned house at the end of the block? The list can go on and on. If you have just one of these problems or several of them you may want to join or start a neighborhood watch. Neighbors that band together with the local law enforcement can get rid of all of these problems. Will you be the first to take the first step? To make your block safe for your family and your neighbors families as well.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Block Captain's Needed

The Block Captain should be the primary link in the WNW chain of command. There should be no more that 10 homes per Block Captain. The duties include a wide range of simple tasks:
  1. Meet each resident in your assigned area and offer to register them in the WNW if they aren't already.
  2. Maintain an emergency phone list of all your assigned residents.
  3. Be available to pass on information about criminal activities in your area. (Notice: You may be called late at night if one of your residents spot suspicious activities.)
  4. Forward information to the WNW President or Vice-President and activate the phone tree if you receive information on a suspect in your area. (The "phone tree" involves calling WNW members and informing them if there is an active incident going on in the area.)
  5. The Block Captain also coordinates assistance programs if there are any special needs in their area and may set up social events for their members to become involved in.

Telephone Tree

The purpose of a telephone tree.
By using a telephone tree, the job of spreading important information can be done much more efficiently, and effectively.
It is a list of the names and phone numbers in our neighborhood watch area.

  • So that each of the participants can be called quickly to be alerted of potential problems.
  • Such as a suspicious person or activity in the neighborhood.
  • Can be used to notify about upcoming activities, a new neighbor, announcement of a party, or that someone needs help with something.
  • To minimize rumors by passing accurate up to date information.
  • All phone tree messages should be written down, specific, clear and concise. The message should contain who, what, when, where, and why.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Block Captain

Something that the neighborhood watch needs is Block Captains.
A block captain should be designated for ever 10-15 homes, and they should be directly involved with their immediate neighbors. The block captains responsibilities may include:
  • Visiting and inviting new residents to join, as well as notifying them of meetings and training sessions.
  • Acting as liaison between block residents and the Coordinator.
  • Establishing a "telephone chain" by compiling and distributing a current list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of block residents.
  • Establishing the "Operation Identification" program.
  • Contacting each neighbor to discuss possible crime problems, requirements for assistance, and suggestions for program improvement.
If anyone is interested in representing their block please contact us.

What a neighborhood watch can do.

The neighborhood watch creates a greater sense of security and well-being because you know that your neighbor will be looking out for you and you for them. The neighborhood watch can reduce the risk of you becoming a crime victim. Vandalism, graffiti, and personal crimes can be decreased or become extinct in your neighborhood.
When you know the neighborhood and your neighbors you learn what is normal and not so normal for your area.
You can receive training on how to protect yourself.
Your neighborhood can post neighborhood watch signs on your neighborhood streets to let criminals know that you and your neighbors have their eyes and ears on them. That your neighborhood will not be an easy target.

Tips on how to start a neighborhood watch

If you need more information the best place to start would be to go to the website they have the information to get you started.

Talk with your neighbors to find out if they are interested in forming a neighborhood watch. Tell them that their participation is needed to combat the problems in the neighborhood.
Inform them about the crime in the neighborhood.
Inquire as to which evenings would be a good time to meet to talk about the problems in your neighborhood.
Exchange phone numbers. Tell your neighbors that you will notify them when the meeting is scheduled.
1. Determine the watch area. What streets will be covered in your neighborhood watch.
2. Obtain a meeting place. It could be in the local church. Or the local school. Somewhere close to your neighborhood.
3. Identify the crime in your neighborhood area that needs attention.
4. Contact your local Police Department they can also help you get a watch started.

your new neighborhood

Warm weather is the time most people prefer to relocate. Whether it's a promotion, better schools, or the desire for a different climate, spring is the time when many families start the process of moving.

If you are already in a new location or soon will be, here are some tips to help your children adjust safely to their surroundings:

Be sure your children know their full names and learn their new address and phone number as soon as possible.
Visit their new school prior to the first day of classes.
If your children will be riding the bus, both you and your children should know the location of the bus stop and the number of their bus. They should tell you about any unusual incidents at the bus stop or on the bus.
When meeting new neighbors, try to have your children present. This will let people know there are new playmates for their children and make them aware that the new faces they are seeing in the neighborhood belong there.
Place a list of emergency phone numbers by the phone as soon as possible, including pager and cell phone numbers. Make sure your child knows how and when to dial 911.
Take the family on a walk through the neighborhood to learn new streets and landmarks. Point out public places the children can go to if they need assistance or are frightened. Make a map they can take with them until they are familiar with the area.
Once the children have made new friends, make sure they understand that they must have permission before accepting rides or going to someone's house.
Remind your children that the same house rules still apply—keep doors and windows locked, don't open the door to strangers, don't give out personal information over the phone, don't tell a caller that no adults are home, etc.
Moving to a new neighborhood can be both frightening and exciting. Make sure your children understand that rules of safety still apply no matter where they live.

Starting a neighborhood watch

I would like to start a neighborhood watch in my area, what does it take to start one?

First, you must have the desire to stop crime in you area.
You have to make a commitment to keep going when you feel that no one wants to help.
It is most important that you get to know the people on your street. Make an effort to talk to them. Without getting to know your neighbors no matter what you do if you don't know them a watch will not stand the test of time.
Get together with some of you neighbors and decide what area your neighborhood watch will cover ie: What blocks, streets.
Have a meeting space in mind. You have people that want to be in the neighborhood watch so you need a place to go. Like a Neighborhood Church, if it is in the summer you could even meet at the local park.
Discuss the types of crime in the Watch area. Above all do not take crime on, on your own.
Notify your local Police Department, they should help you get the information needed to get you started on your way to a crime free area.
Please see other blog posts for more information.


When your out!
1. Stay alert and tuned into your surroundings wherever you are, at school, the mall, driving or walking down the street.
2. Don't accept rides or gifts from someone you don't know. Including people you have met on the Internet.
3. Be calm and confident, and know where you're going.
4. Always trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy, avoid the person or situation and leave as soon as possible.
5. Get to know your neighborhood where you live, go to school, and work. Get to know which stores and restaurants are open late. And learn where public telephones are.

1. Walk with friends
2. Don't take shortcuts through alleys, or unlit parking lots. Stay in well-lighted areas.
3. Know where to go for help if you need it.
4. Keep your purse or backpack close to your body, keep it closed.
5. If you think that you are being followed go in a different direction or cross the street. If they are still there, go to an open store. DON'T BE AFRAID TO YELL FOR HELP.

Monday, March 12, 2012





On the Road
The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists
Obey all traffic control devices
Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns
Always wear a properly fitting helmet-no matter how short the trip!
Ride on the right
Always ride in the same direction as traffic
Be Predictable!
Ride in a straight line
Don't swerve in the road or between parked cars
Check for traffic before entering street or intersection
Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly
Be Visible
Wear brightly colored clothing that provides contrast
Use a white front light in low light conditions
Use a red rear light in low light conditions
Use a reflector or reflective tape or clothing anytime
Make eye contact with motorists before crossing paths

Drive Cautiously
Be aware of the cyclists' vulnerability
Reduce speed when encountering cyclists
Don't tailgate
Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space
Yield to Cyclists
Bicyclists are considered vehicles
Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way
Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections
Be Considerate
Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
Avoid blasting your horn in close proximity to cyclists
Look for cyclists before opening doors
Watch for Children
Children on bicycles are often unpredictable and harder to see!
Expect the unexpected and slow down
Don't expect children to know traffic laws

Friday, February 24, 2012

ideas for future posts

What would you want to know more about just let me know.

Personal Security
Home Security
Carjacking Prevention
Bomb Threats
Anti-Terrorism Short Change Scams
Shoplifting Prevention
Robbery Prevention
Disaster Preparedness

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