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The City of Oklahoma City does not maintain any public storm shelters. We urge residents to shelter in place.

“Shelter-in-Place” means to take shelter where you are, remaining inside your home, workplace or a nearby building.  Some emergencies require evacuation, but often during tornadoes, windstorms, floods and some chemical emergencies it is safer to stay where you are. 

During severe weather, adequate shelter can save your life. Follow these four steps when instructed to shelter-in-place:

    1. Move people and pets indoors immediately and
      go to your predesignated shelter location. Underground
      shelters and basements are best, but if your house or
      building does not have one, go to the lowest level and
      choose a small interior room with no windows, such as
      a closet or bathroom. (If you are in a mobile home,
      find shelter elsewhere.)
    2. Crouch under a heavy piece of furniture. Cover
      yourself with blankets, pillows or a mattress and
      protect your head and neck with your arms.
    3. Turn on the radio or television in order to hear
      any Emergency Alert System messages and wait for
      further instructions.
    4. Stay inside until you are told that the danger has

Download "Shelter-in-place" brochure. (PDF)

Tornado safety tips from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Tornado preparedness facts from the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma (PDF)

Guidelines announced for outdoor warning sirens

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The Central Oklahoma Emergency Management Association (COEMA) announced today the publication of regional guidelines for outdoor warning systems, formerly known as tornado sirens.

The guidelines coordinate the activation, operation and testing of outdoor warning systems between eleven jurisdictions in Central Oklahoma.  Participating cities and counties include Bethel Acres, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Moore, Norman, Oklahoma City, Tecumseh, Yukon, Canadian County and Oklahoma County.

These guidelines provide a consistent message to Central Oklahoma citizens about outdoor warning sirens.  

“It’s critical that we communicate clearly during times of crisis,” Task Force Chair Frank Barnes said. “These guidelines let people know what they should do when they hear a siren – regardless of where they live in Central Oklahoma.”   

The guidelines are:

Activation of sirens are based on:

Cities and counties have a “local option” allowing them to activate their sirens for hazardous conditions that pose a significant threat to life.  Examples include: potential dam breaches, wildfires, hazardous material incidents or enemy attack. These situations may involve a different siren tone, use of the public address (voice message) or both. 

Sirens will be tested at least once per month for three (3) minutes at noon on Saturday.

Tornado guidelines for other cities and counties in Oklahoma may vary.  Log on to  to read the guidelines in its entirety.

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