Severe Storm Season Preparedness
The beginning of March is also the beginning of Severe Storm Season in Oklahoma. As we all know, weather conditions change rapidly in Oklahoma and in order to be prepared for hazardous weather we all should do the following:
Identify Severe Weather Warning Systems
Rely on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio for weather news, watches, and warnings. Pay attention to weather broadcasts on local radio / television stations.
Know Where Your Shelter Is Before You Need It
- Seek shelter underground if possible when a tornado warning is issued.
- If you have no underground shelter, go to an inside room on the lowest floor like a closet, hallway, or bathroom with no windows.
- Get added protection by covering yourself with blankets or sleeping bags.
- Safe Rooms or Storm Shelters offer optimum protection from severe weather.
- Do not stay inside a mobile home when a tornado warning has been issued for your area.
On the Road
- Do not stay in a motor vehicle and don't try to outrun a tornado in your car.
- If you have no option for sheltering underground or in a suitable above ground structure, stop and seek shelter in a nearby ditch or ravine.
- Do not seek shelter under bridges or overpasses.
Schools, Hospitals, & Office Buildings
- Preparedness plans are especially important at these locations due to the large number of people on hand and the large amount of glass at many sites.
- Know the safest place for you to "shelter in place" and make others know their assigned location as well.
Shopping Malls, Indoor Pools, & Gymnasiums
- Long span buildings like those found at these locations are dangerous because the entire roof can be supported by the outside walls.
- If caught in such an open building, take shelter in the restroom.
Ready Your Disaster Supply Kit & Place in an Easily Accessed Location
Make sure your kit includes the following items:
- 3-day supply of bottled water
- 3-day supply of canned or otherwise non-perishable food and a manual can opener
- Battery powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries
- First Aid kit and personal prescriptions
Once Severe Weather Has Passed, Stay Safe
- Be prepared for possible flooding to occur.
- Never drive into water.