Be Prepared for Storm Season in Oklahoma

If there’s one thing my relocation clients are hesitant about when moving here is storm season in Oklahoma. You know, our famous springtime tornados. While there isn’t anything that can be done to prevent a tornado, there are a few steps Okies are taught to stay prepared. Here are the important steps I’ve learned over the years;

Storm Season in Oklahoma
  1. Make a plan. If you don’t have a storm shelter determine in advance where the family will gather in the event you need to take storm precautions. In many homes that’s the lowest, smallest and in centermost point of the house (away from windows). Many storms hit when kids are home alone after school, be sure they know the plan.
  2. If you have a storm shelter, be sure that it has been registered with your city. Edmond residents can find information about registering their shelter here.
  3. Buy or create an emergency kit. Many big box retailers sell emergency kits. Or, it’s pretty easy to put one together by gathering a few things you probably have around the house already. In a plastic tub or backpack you’ll want to assemble the following:
  • battery powered radio
  • extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • sturdy shoes, a pair for each member of the family
  • flashlight(s)
  • whistle(s)
  • dust masks, one for each member of the family
  • ponchos, one for each member of the family
  • copies of identification, vital records, and utility bill
  • extra keys to cars
  • cash
  • extra eyeglasses
  • long term prescriptions 
  • pet food
  • non-perishable snacks
  • water
Store your emergency kit where you plan to take shelter. It’s not a bad idea to put a smaller version together for the cars too.
 
You might hear folks (okay, maybe even me) complain about our local meteorologists. But they really are the best of the best. When severe weather is approaching, tune in to the local news. Most stream the broadcast on the radio and online. They give street by street timelines so you can be prepared well in advance.

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