Fall Clean Up 2014

Fall cleanup in Bethany begins Monday, September 29.  Collection will start on the north side of the city and proceed southward.  All trash items must be at your curb no later than 6:00 a.m. on Monday, September 29.

Do not stack items near meters or power lines.  Items blocked by parked vehicles will not be collected.

Items will be accepted free of charge during October at the Public Works complex located at  5300 N Central Road, Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays in October from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  Please bring a utility bill for proof of residence.

Household Hazardous Materials including tires or appliances containing Freon will not be accepted, nor will they be picked up during collection.  For additional information, call  (405) 789-6285.

 

 

 

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Fall Newsletter 2014

 

The 2014 Summer-Fall Newsletter is ready for mailing and you get a sneak peak here. Topics include Fall Cleanup Information,  Tips on Being a Good Neighbor and we need your thoughts on a Proposed General Obligation Bond.

2014 Summer-Fall News Letter

 

Winter Weather and Extreme Cold

According to FEMA and ready.gov, there are many ways to prepare, plan, and stay informed during extreme weather.

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

One of the primary concerns is the winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.

The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

Before Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
  • Sand to improve traction.
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
  • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
    Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.
    Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
    Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

During Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

After Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
  • Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

For more information and the originally published story, visit www.ready.gov/winter-weather

 

Winter Safety For Your Pets

 

Winter Weather Awareness From Bethany Animal Welfare

Shorten your dog’s walks, they are prone to slip or fall in icy or snowy conditions. It also affects health conditions your dog may already be experiencing. Short haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection and short legged pets also have a higher risk of getting cold faster, they are closer to the ground and elements.

Stay inside, Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather even though it is not  a regulated City Ordinance. It’s untrue that cats and dogs are resistant to cold weather because of their fur.  Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside.

Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.

Check your vehicle, Out door and Feral cats often find a warm vehicle engine appealing and will hide underneath your car, but its deadly. Make sure to check underneath you vehicle and bang on the hood, if you can honk the horn before you turn on the engine.

Check your dressed pets, sometimes when you dress your pets in sweaters or clothing they become wet from the elements and it will actually cause more harm to your pet. It can cause them to be even colder, if you use booties to protect their feet please make sure they fit properly.

Keep your pets at home, Hot cars are a known threat to pets, but cold cars are also a risk to your pet’s health. A car can rapidly cool down in cold weather; it becomes like a refrigerator, and can rapidly chill your pet. Pets that are young, old, ill, or thin are particularly susceptible to cold environments and should never be left in cold cars. Limit car travel to only that which is necessary, and don’t leave your pet unattended in the vehicle.

 Winter Nutrition

Outdoor pets will require more calories in the winter to generate enough body heat and energy to keep them warm – talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s nutritional needs during cold weather.

 Shelter

A shelter for a dog or cat shall consist of a moisture proof and windproof structure of suitable size to accommodate the animal and to allow retention of body heat. It shall be made of durable material, and should provide a sufficient quantity of suitable bedding material to provide insulation and protection against cold and dampness. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl)

New Ordinances

If there are any questions on our new Ordinance please see City Ordinance # 95.013 (a)-(g)

Animal Adoptions

The City of Bethany’s Animal Shelter is a place where our community can adopt healthy, rescued animals. All of our our cats and dogs are spayed and neutered and taken care of in the most humane way possible.

With 16 dog pens and 16 cat pens, we are able to hold rescued animals for 3 days for owner reclaim. Then they are put up for adoption.  The Bethany Animal Welfare employees make every effort to make adoptions on all of our eligible rescued animals. With limited space and resources, animals are kept based on space, animal health and animal temperament.

At no time will an animal known to be vicious or dangerous, be adoptable.  

Please come see what a wonderful new family member we have for you. Contact the shelter directly at 405-789-3431.

The shelter is located at 5100 North College, Bethany OK 73008.

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