Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Excessive heat in Oklahoma this summer may make festival more challenging

From the desk of Assistant Chief Gary Batton

August 2011

The Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival is the hot ticket this year for fun – in more ways than one. The Labor Day weekend event is always a great way to get the family together for inexpensive activities, with lots to do for all ages, but please be extra cautious this year if the temperatures continue the current trend of being excessively hot.

Oklahoma has been breaking records with three-digit degrees day after day since June. Employee meetings have been conducted to actually coach our staff on how to avoid heat-related illnesses and how to recognize symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Because so much of the Labor Day Festival is centered around outdoor activities, it is especially important that families with small children and elderly plan appropriately for their visit this year.

Please make sure that everyone drinks plenty of water and stays in the shade as much as possible. There are a few air-conditioned areas on the Capitol Grounds, such as the cafeteria and the museum, but they are limited in space and only open during certain hours of the day.

Each year during the Labor Day Festival, the Choctaw Nation has first aid staff on the grounds, which headquarter out of the law enforcement building behind the museum, as well as having mobile health first aid and emergency aid staff walking and cycling the grounds throughout the day. There is also a first aid station at the ballfield area during games in case of accidents or illness.

It is extremely important to take proper precautions while working or playing in high temperatures and humidity, so please read over the information on Page 7 that has been provided by the Choctaw Nation Safety Department to help prepare us all for the Labor Day Festival and other activities in the hot summer weather.