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Emergency Manager

Bryan County

Employment History

  • Emergency Management Coordinator
    Bryan County
  • County Emergency Management Director
    Bryan Co.
  • Director of Emergency Management
    Durant Emergency Management

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • County Emergency Coordinator
    Bryan Co.
  • Director
    Emergency Management for Durant
63 Total References
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Bryan County Emergency Manager ..., 1 April 2014 [cached]
Bryan County Emergency Manager James Dalton was just a boy when that tornado hit, but says he will never forget it.
"It caused me to be aware of it, and somewhat scared of it, you know," Dalton said.
Dalton says a deadly tornado outbreak can occur anytime of the year and says April 2, 1957 should serve as a reminder of just how real the threat is.
"If you don't have a plan ahead of time and you're not cognizant of your surroundings are you going to really have time to be prepared for that," Dalton asked.
Dalton says when a warning is issued that is the time to take action. He advises that if you do not have a storm shelter to take cover in the most interior room of a sturdy structure. Dalton says avoid being outdoors, but if you get caught outside to lie flat down in a ditch.
"Lay as low to the ground as possible. If you have something you can lie over you do that to protect you from the debris," Dalton said.
He says every storm threat should be taken seriously.
"What we're trying to do is ..., 7 Sept 2010 [cached]
"What we're trying to do is train together, be on the same sheet of music so to speak, so that in the event of an incident occurring we know what we need to do, and work together as a group," said Bryan County Emergency Management Coordinator James Dalton.
Dalton, along with Durant's Police Chief Durward Cooke and Sheriff's deputy Sergeant Kevin Holt, attended a special training session in Oklahoma City earlier this month to learn the latest and best techniques for search and rescue missions.
"There are formulas that we use when we get there based on the age of the individual, their physical condition, how long they've been gone, the lay of the land and we figure all that in and come up with a scheme," said Dalton.
He said they not only learned about the patterns and formulas for missing person searches, but how to create a chain of command and procedures when someone does go missing. Dalton said having a plan in place that all agencies know and can follow will save time be more effective.
"The quicker we can get deployed the better the possibility of having a good outcome is," said Dalton.
Especially our street department heads, ..., 10 Jan 2011 [cached]
Especially our street department heads, they were ready to go" said Bryan County Emergency Coordinator James Dalton.
Bryan county emergency personnel have been at it for two days now. They started coating the roads with sand and salt early yesterday morning tending to dozens of accidents and stranded motorists throughout the day.
"It kind of caught the public by surprise even at that because we had quite a few accidents in and around the county. I think we were working eight at one time" said Dalton
The busiest time for first responders was yesterday afternoon between noon and one. During that time, they received between 8 and 12 calls per hour. Bryan County Emergency management coordinator James Dalton says that though some roads may now be clearer in some spots, motorists shouldn't be fooled.
"All of the sudden, they'll run into an area that may be only a degree or two colder" said Dalton.
Dalton says motorists shouldn't let their guards down just yet.
"If it warms a little bit into the night, that's going to refreeze, we're going to have black ice issues that people really have to watch out for" said Dalton.
"We are a mobile society now," ..., 2 June 2011 [cached]
"We are a mobile society now," said Bryan County Emergency Management Director James Dalton, "and we have got to be able to reach that mobile society."
"From our standpoint if we know weather's bad," said Dalton, "if we're under a tornado watch, if we have a tornado warning, anything of that nature, we have another means of getting that information out to the public in a timely manner."
In addition, people who sign up for the service will receive administrative messages like court date reminders, road closings and utility notices. The service only costs one dollar and ninety-one cents a year per household, and that includes service for up to six devices. But Dalton says this is not about money.
"We don't care about that as much as we do getting that notification out and getting out in a timely manner," said Dalton, "and through a means that people are used to using now."
Storm Relief: SOSU SAAC lends hand to sister communities: GOSAVAGESTORM.COM, 25 Jan 2007 [cached]
Cross country runner Stephanie Heald and volleyball player Crystal Trussell make a presentation for the Southeastern Student Athlete Advisory Committee to James Dalton, Director of Emergency Management for Durant and Bryan County.
"We dodged a bullet," said James Dalton, Director of Emergency Management for Durant and Bryan County.
"We had so many communities affected," Dalton said."McAlester was in really bad shape."
At one point, one stop light was functioning in the city of 16,000, while Lowe's was the only retailer operating and Western Sizzlin' was operating on gas stoves to feed emergency crews.
"It was like the town didn't even exist anymore," Dalton said.
The donation will be used to directly aid as many families as possible, Dalton said.
"It just shows the compassion that we have in this part of the country," Dalton said.
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