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Residents of Oklahoma can receive immediate access to National Weather Service alerts during severe weather season and throughout the year, through the use of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management’s (OEM) Weather Notification System located at http://www.weatheralerts.ok.gov. At no cost, subscribers can receive weather alerts for up to five counties sent to their email address and/or mobile device (cell phones, PDAs). Standard text messaging rates apply.
Subscribers can select which alerts to receive including:
• Winter (all winter weather related occurrences)
"We are pleased to work with the National Weather Service and OK.gov to offer this free Weather Notification System that helps safeguard people and protect businesses by providing real-time, location-based weather notifications," said OEM Director Albert Ashwood. "Our unique ability to proactively alert subscribers during severe weather conditions ensures proper emergency preparedness, a goal OEM strives to maintain everyday."
Subscribers can modify their settings and unsubscribe at any time. OEM’s Weather Notification System is a product of a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, National Weather Service and OK.gov, Oklahoma’s Official Web site.
Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) recently announced the addition of a new online job board system as part of its student career services. Interested students and alumni are able to conduct full-time and part-time employment searches on a local and national basis.
“This service will help current and former NOC students in their career search,” according to Steve Glazier, NOC director of counseling services.
Of specific interest to students, are the more than 1,000 career articles written by industry professionals to help guide students in their career pursuits.
In addition, the NOC online job board allows local employers the opportunity to conduct an extensive nationwide search to fill any job openings that may occur.
“It is increasingly important that business and industry leaders are able to fill every position with individuals that are able to compete in a global economy,” Glazier said.
There is no fee for current or former NOC students to use this new service, nor is there any cost involved for local businesses.
Do you need a reminder when your driver license is about to expire? The Department of Public Safety has implemented a free email renewal notification system for Oklahomans holding driver licenses and identification cards.
"The desire to have the Department mail out renewal notices comes up almost every year during the legislative session," said David Beatty, Legislative and Special Projects Manager for the Department. "But to mail them includes a significant cost factor that can not be ignored."
Driver privacy mandates in federal and state law would require a renewal notice to be sent by first class mail, Beatty explained. The combined costs of envelopes, printed notice, and postage along with personnel to process the renewal notices would cost the Department at least $400,000 annually.
"When looking at other mailings the Department does, we estimate that up to 50% of these renewal notices could be returned because of an old address on file at the Department, even though state law requires licensees and card holders to notify the Department within 10 days of an address change," Beatty said. "All of that wasted postage is not an effective expenditure of taxpayer dollars."
Even though people move, changing their residence or mailing addresses, most people keep the same email address. "Unless you choose an email provider that has extremely limited service geographically, an email address can follow you almost anywhere," Beatty said. "A quick email reminder is going to be the most effective and cost-efficient way to jog someone's memory to go renew a driver license or identification card. And with a lean budget year for all state agencies, a method of doing that without any costs attached is even better."
Once a licensee or card holder signs up, a renewal notice will be sent to the email address 45 days prior to the expiration date provided. "If your email address changes, just sign-up again," Beatty said. "If we get a bounce or an error on an email, that email address will not receive any further notifications."
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