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National Disability Rights Network Releases Shocking Report on Seclusion and Restraint in U.S. Schools

School is Not Supposed to Hurt: Update on Progress in 2009 to Prevent and Reduce Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

2010 REPORT: School is Not Supposed to Hurt (pdf)
Press Release  March 3, 2010

2009 REPORT: School is Not Supposed to Hurt (pdf)

Concerns About Abuse and Death in Youth Programs

GAO issues new report on Residential Treatment Programs: Concerns Regarding Abuse and Death in Certain Programs for Troubled Youth, October 10, 2007. Summary (html), Highlights Page (pdf), Full Report(pdf)

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Oklahomans Prepare to Help Hurricane Ike Evacuees

State and local officials are working to assist those threatened by Hurricane Ike, which is forecasted to be a major Category 3 or 4 hurricane when it makes landfall Saturday along the Texas coast.

Governor Henry declares state of emergency for Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma shelter is ready for more evacuees.   Oklahoma may receive Texas hospital patients through the National Disaster Medical System.  As Texas residents self-evacuate to Oklahoma they will be directed to contact 211 for information regarding assistance via signs posted by Oklahoma Department of Transportation. News article plus video

Oklahomans are preparing to go to Texas to help as soon as roads clear. News article

Hurricane Gustav Emergency Preparedness

GAO issues new report on Residential Treatment Programs: Concerns Regarding Abuse and Death in Certain Programs for Troubled Youth, October 10, 2007. Summary (html), Highlights Page (pdf), Full Report(pdf)

List of shelters in neighboring states (including Oklahoma), click here

August 31, 2008 — 1:15 p.m.

Oklahoma Assisting Gulf Coast Region in Advance of Hurricane Gustav

As part of Oklahoma’s continued response to Hurricane Gustav, Gov. Brad Henry said the state has agreed to accept evacuees fleeing the projected path of the storm.

Gov. Henry has told Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal that Oklahoma can receive evacuees to be housed at the old Lucent Technology Center, 7200 W. Reno in Oklahoma City. State emergency management officials are working directly with the City of Oklahoma City in making the facility suitable for a temporary mass-care shelter. Oklahoma has also agreed to assist Texas evacuees if necessary.

Preparing for evacuees is one of several measures that the State of Oklahoma has undertaken as Gustav continues toward the Gulf Coast. About 20 Oklahoma Highway Patrol members have been dispatched to Louisiana, while units of the Oklahoma National Guard are already assisting with hurricane response in both Louisiana and Texas. A number of disaster response agencies in Oklahoma – including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other faith-based organizations – are also working to provide assistance.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) officials continue to work out the details for the evacuees’ transportation to Oklahoma. Additionally, others who self-evacuated are beginning to arrive in the state. The number of evacuees from Louisiana and Texas who ultimately seek refuge in Oklahoma will depend on the storm path and other factors.

A State of Emergency, as declared by Gov. Henry, remains in effect for Oklahoma. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated. Hurricane Outlook

The center of Gustav is located about 375 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Movement is toward the northwest at 16 mph and a decrease in forward speed is expected on Monday. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph and Gustav is forecast to regain Category 4 status later today or tonight. Hurricane force winds extend outward to 50 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds to 200 miles.

There is no change to the forecast track or reasoning through landfall. Intensity wise, Cuba caused Gustav to weaken. However, Gustav is forecast to re-strengthen as it moves over a warm current in the Gulf. By early Monday, Gustav may weaken slightly before landfall. Despite the actual intensity fluctuations, Gustav is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall with winds 110 mph or greater.

State Assistance

Oklahoma continues to anticipate the arrival of 200 patients from southwest Louisiana hospitals at the Oklahoma Air National Guard Base at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City. The patients are being evacuated by air transport through the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). Once in Oklahoma City, the evacuees will be transported to area hospitals by EMSA and other ambulance services. This NDMS evacuation to Oklahoma is being coordinated through the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Medical Emergency Response Center and OEM. How Can Oklahomans Help?

Monetary donations are best. A number of the disaster relief agencies Oklahomans always depend on in disaster times are already working to assist those affected by Gustav. Oklahomans are urged to give to the disaster relief agency of their choice, to include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other faith-based organizations. Go to www.okvoad.org for a list of disaster relief organizations.State resources deployed to other states to assist with Gustav are provided under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), an interstate mutual aid agreement. Oklahomans are discouraged from self-deploying to the Gulfport regions where evacuations are already or soon will be underway. In most cases, access to the affected areas, requires proper credentials and travel documents. As Oklahoma receives requests for personnel, equipment and supplies, OEM will look to local county and municipal emergency managers to identify the needed resources.

The storm is now a category 3 hurricane and is expected to make landfall Monday around 1 p.m. near Houma, La. A Hurricane Warning is posted from Cameron City, La. eastward to the Alabama-Florida border. A Hurricane Watch continues for High Island, Texas (just east of Galveston) eastward to Cameron City, La.

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Emergency Preparedness: Oklahoma’s Snow and Ice

Following an ice storm which began on December 8, 2007, the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. (ODLC) offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa were closed when electricity was cut off in both offices.  More frequently, Oklahomans are concerned with more narrow emergencies, such as a tornado in a specific community.  The snow and ice storms make us realize that Oklahomans across the entire state can be vulnerable for a considerable of time and need to think seriously about emergency preparedness.

Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) said the storm of December 2007 was the worst disaster in its 105 year history in terms of the number of customers affected.  OG&E estimated that over 290,000 customers were impacted in their service area; Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) estimated that over 250,000 customers were without electricity in their service area.

Crews from around the country are being called in to assist the electric companies with restoring service. Residents have been advised to prepare for a prolonged recovery that may take up to 10 days. 

In order to keep an eye on the total number of households remaining without electricity, OG&E updated their website for System Watch.   This web feature provided statewide information as well as information for individual cities served by OG&E.  PSO, headquartered in Tulsa, also maintained a webpage with information impacting its customers.

Despite closure of its offices, ODLC’s statewide toll free number remained operational.  Additional direct lines were added to maintain service.

On late Tuesday, December 11, electricity was restored in the ODLC office in Oklahoma City, with the office opened on Wednesday.  The ODLC office in Tulsa remained closed for a few more days until electricity was restored.  Following the ice storm, staff from both ODLC offices remained operational in alternative locations, despite the fact that almost all staff were without electricity in their own homes until late Wednesday night.  Tulsa staff remained without electricity in their homes for a few more days. 

As late as Friday, December 14, 2007, emergency management officials pegged the latest outage number at 288,816.  PSO listed 113,000 outages, with 105,000 of those in the Tulsa metropolitan area.  OG&E listed 156,414 outages, with about 143,000 of those in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.  The OEC listed 19,402 outages.

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Power outages close buildings

WEATHER CLOSINGS  (update browser frequently)

ODLC Surveys Facilities Following Ice Storm:

ODLC continued its monitoring of facilities that are home to people with disabilities by surveying the facilities to ensure that electricity was being provided and that no people were endangered.  ODLC received calls from the community when it was believed that a person with a disability living in a facility was at risk of injury or death.

ODLC initiated a survey of ICF/MR Facilities and Residential Care Homes.  The list of all long term care facilities licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Health may be located on the Department’s website.

Some residential care facilities also receive support from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.   ODMHSAS operates two psychiatric hospitals  — one for adults, Griffin Memorial Hospital, one for youth under the age of 18, Oklahoma Youth Center (both located in Norman) and a specialty center, Oklahoma Forensic Center (located in Vinita).


Facility City or County Electricity?
Griffin Memorial Hospital Norman Yes; used five generators until elec restored
Santa Fe Sierra House Moore Yes; have backup generators as needed
NORC Enid Yes; back up generators available
Okla. Forensic Center Vinita Yes; have their own powerhouse
Greer Center Enid Yes; back up generators available
SORC  Pauls Valley Yes; back up generators available
El Reno Res Care Home El Reno Yes; lost power for six hours; no back up generators; have contract with city for housing in emergency; OG&E came out to restore electricity when requested
Cleta’s Cottage  Noble Yes; have back up generators

High Cedar Res Care

Noble Yes; lost power for about nine hours; had backup lighting available; had well water and propane heater
Jensen’s Harvest Home Norman Yes; did not lose power; have backup generator
Nora O’Neal Lawton Yes; did not lose power; have backup lighting; do not have backup generator; use closest shelter
Greenbriar Res Living Enid Yes; did not lose power; have backup generators
Greenbriar Village Special Care Enid Yes; did not lose power; have backup generators
Veteran’s Acres Enid Yes 
Village Res Center Enid Yes; have backup generator
Three C Old Fashioned Boarding Home Prague Yes; lost power for six hours; have backup lighting; go to school, if needed, where they have generator
Heartland of Moore Moore  Yes; did not lose power; have no backup generator; plan to go to local shelter if necessary
Boley Res Care Home #1 Boley Yes; did not lose power; have backup generator
Boley Res Care Home #2 Boley Yes; lost power; used backup generator; power company came to restore electricity when requested
Gatewood Res Care Home Oklahoma City Yes; did not lose power; do not have back up generators; have a plan to take residents to another res care facility or go to mental health facility
Noble Res Care Noble No longer in business
V-JS Res Care Home Paden Received report they were without electricity as of 12-11-07; residents have moved to a church; have only a recorder on telephone; ODLC contacted OG&E to investigate; electricty was restored to the facility
Skylark Cottage Res Care Home Oklahoma City Yes; lost power for 24 hours; have backup generators
Shiloh Manor Oklahoma City Yes; lost power twice for about one hour each; have backup lights; no backup generator
Summit Ridge Harrah Yes; lost power three days; have backup generators
Sunbeam Oklahoma City Yes; lost power for three days; no backup generators; went to another location
Veteran’s Harbor Oklahoma City Yes; did not lose power; have backup generators
Early Autumn’s Stillwater Yes; did not lose power; have backup generators
Golden Rule Home Shawnee Yes; did not lose power; do not have backup generators; have emergency transfer agreement with facility which has backup generators
Duncan Community Residence Duncan Yes; did not lose power; not aware of whether have backup generators
Heartland Plaza of Duncan Duncan Yes; did not lose power; do not have backup generators

Restraints and Seclusion in Public Schools

Congressional Hearings – Examining the Abusive and Deadly Use of Restraints and Seclusion in Schools, May 19, 2009

The GAO has issued a sixty-two page report concerning the allegations of abusive use of restraints and seclusion. You can read the whole report here. There is also a one page summary available here.

National Disability Rights Network to release shocking report on seclusions and restraing in U. S. schools

School is Not Supposed to Hurt: Investigative Report on Abusive Restraint and Seclusion in Schools,” January 2009

Speech by Sen. Dodd (Connecticut) discussing new report on use of seclusion and restraint in schools

Restraint & Seclusion in California Schools:  A Failing Grade, Report by the Investigations Unit of California’s Protection & Advocacy, Inc., June 2007

National Disability Rights Network Releases Shocking Report on Seclusion and Restraint in U.S. Schools

School is Not Supposed to Hurt: Update on Progress in 2009 to Prevent and Reduce Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

2010 REPORT: School is Not Supposed to Hurt (pdf)
Press Release March 3, 2010

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