The Edmond Sun


May 30, 2014

U. S. Senior Open security plan 2.5 years in the making Event kicks off July 7 at Oak Tree National



Dorsey said the event will occur during one of the hottest stretches of the year, so heat-related stress will be one of the primary concerns.

The average first 100-degree day for Oklahoma City is July 9, according to the National Weather Service. In 2012, the thermometer high 103 hit on June 25. And the city’s hottest July temperature on record — 110 degrees — occurred on July 6 and July 9.

Brian Davis, chief of emergency medical services for the Edmond Fire Department, urged spectators to begin hydrating before they depart for the course, where two ambulances will be on standby and several golf carts will be responding to any issues that arise.

Davis urged spectators to wear comfortable shoes, a hat, loose-fitting clothing, to try to stay away from alcohol, to limit caffeine intake and to use adequate sunscreen. It also will be important to pace yourself, Davis said.

Normally, during daily activities your body will lose 4 liters of fluid, according to EMSA, the Emergency Medical Services Authority. This is generally replaced by the fluid you drink and the food you eat. However, different factors, such as exercise, sweating, temperature or altitude can significantly increase the amount of fluid required to sustain your normal body temperature.

Dorsey said another concern is the possibility of severe weather occurring during the week-long event, including practice rounds. Organizers will be monitoring the weather.


Dorsey said in addition to sheriff’s office deputies and OHP troopers, about 60 Edmond officers will be spread out at various posts near or on golf course areas across two shifts.

They will be split into a traffic group, with officers manning posts at strategically selected street locations, and a security group, Dorsey said. The first shift will begin at 6 a.m. and end at about 2 p.m. The second will begin at about 1 p.m. and end at 8 p.m., Dorsey said.

“The busy times are going to be early in the morning and especially late in the afternoon in particular on Saturday and Sunday,” he said. “We have planned and we’ll have people in place to get them out of there quickly. If we see a problem developing, we’ll handle it before it turns into a big problem.”

Planning considerations included determining a public safety parking area for law enforcement officers, meeting space, related electricity needs, restrooms, food and liquids, Dorsey said.  

Ewing said rules implemented for the event are designed to keep the event running smoothly. Some key rules include:

• Complimentary public parking will be at the northeast corner of the Kelly-Waterloo Road intersection.

• Cameras will be permitted July 7-9 only. The limit is enacted to reduce potential distractions while players are competing, Ewing said.

• Two first aid stations will be located on event grounds with medical care provided by INTEGRIS Health.

• Prohibited items will include laptop or full-size computers, noisy electronic devices like mp3 players, backpacks, briefcases or bags larger than 6 inches wide by 6 inches high by 6 inches deep, no food and/or beverages except for medical or infant needs, no containers and/or coolers except for medical or infant needs and no pets.

• Parents with small children are allowed to bring strollers and diaper bags if needed. These items will be subject to reasonable inspections before entering and/or at any time during the event.

• A lost and found area and a “will call” facility will be located at the main entrance. | 341-2121, ext. 108

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    Gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, said the state needs to have serious growth in high-paying living wage jobs that will provide for Oklahomans.
    Dorman cautioned that while Oklahoma’s jobless rate improved in June, the state’s rankings for the well-being of children has dropped from 36th to 39th place, for one of the largest declines in the U.S., according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Project.
    The unemployment rate in June dropped to 4.5 percent, down a percentage point from 4.6 percent in May, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Gov. Mary Fallin said this week.
    The state’s unemployment rate was more than 7 percent when Fallin was elected during the brink of the Great Depression. Alex Weintz, communications director for Fallin, pointed out that per capita income in Oklahoma was second in the nation from 2011 to 2013.
    The non partisan Congressional Budget office reported in February that raising the minimum wage could kill a half-million jobs in the United States.
    According to The Washington Times, CBO analysts reported, “Once the other changes in income were taken into account, families whose income would be below six times the poverty threshold under current law would see a small increase in income, on net, and families whose income would be higher under current law would see reductions in income, on net.”
    President Barack Obama in February signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.
    Weintz said the governor believes tax cuts have enabled families to keep more of their money.
    No one is talking about the under-employment rate of families working minimum wage jobs, Dorman said.
    “It’s all fine and good when you have fast-food jobs that don’t cover the bills and that counts toward your unemployment rate.”
    Oklahoma’s minimum wage reflects the federal minimum wage set at $7.25 an hour, a standard set in 2009.
    Fallin signed legislation this year to prohibit municipalities from raising their local minimum wage above $7.25 an hour.
    “If the minimum wage goes up to $15 in Oklahoma City, all of the sudden you would drive retail, business, service industry locations outside of the city limits and that would be detrimental to the economy, consumers and to businesses,” Weintz said.
    Fallin has said that she opposes raising the minimum wage in Oklahoma because it would stifle job growth for small business and lay off workers. A lot of people earning the $7.25 minimum wage are part-time workers and many of them are students, Weintz said.
    “We believe raising the minimum wage is not a good way to address poverty,” Weintz said. “A lot of people earning the minimum wage are actually people living with their parents or other people who are employed full time, and in many cases they are middle class families. So it’s not a good tool to reduce poverty.”
    Dorman said he does not necessarily support the proposed $10.10 an hour minimum federal minimum wage that is being discussed by Congress.
    “I think we need to have a living wage in Oklahoma that is reflective of our economy,” Dorman said.
    About 102,300 jobs have been added in Oklahoma since Fallin took office in January 2011, according to her office.
    The cost of living in the national economy tends to be higher in some other states, Dorman said.
    So a minimum wage increase should be tied to economic gains so that families can pay their bills and afford to care for their children, Dorman said.
    Independent candidates for governor include Richard Prawdzienski of Edmond, Joe Sills of Oklahoma City and Kimberly Willis of Oklahoma City.

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