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Would you know what to do in the event of an emergency or . . .   ?

The following are some guidelines and recommendations to help you and your family prepare for a disaster.


The City of Norman does not provide public shelter facilities for severe weather events.  You should determine early to shelter in place or to relocate to an area not threatened by severe weather. A family emergency plan should cover the following areas.

Shelter in Place.

For severe weather: Choose an interior room on the lowest level away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls for sheltering. Keep spare shoes, flashlights and spare batteries, and a well-stocked survival kit in this location. Close any windows. Bring your family and pets into this room. If you do decide to leave your home or business, do so well before a storm hits.

Be Prepared.

  • Get a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Stock a survival kit for your home:  water, food, clothing, first aid kit, supplies and

special items. Put these items in airtight plastic bags.

  • Evaluate contents of the kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace items as needed.
  • Keep these items in an easy- to-carry container in your shelter space. Suggested containers include a plastic storage bin, backpack or duffel bag. Store the emergency kit in a convenient place known to all family members in the shelter space. Consider keeping a kit in your vehicles as well.

Plan and practice:

• Evacuation procedures

• Individual roles

• Communication plan

  • Decide on a meeting place outside of the neighborhood.

• Choose an out-of-area friend or relative that will act as a point of contact for everyone if needed.

Meet with neighbors.

• Work together.

• Assist neighbors with

special needs.

• Make plans for children at home if parents can’t return to the area.

Complete these steps:

• Post emergency phone numbers by every phone and program into cell phones.

• Know how and when to shut off water, electricity and gas at main controls.

  •     Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home near bedrooms

• Make arrangements for animals.

Personal safety should be the highest priority.

• During emergencies immediately follow instructions from fire, police, and emergency officials.

• Learn alternate ways out of the neighborhood – plan and rehearse an escape plan.

• Make a list of items to take with you remember, you may only have a few minutes.

• If told to evacuate immediately, take only

essential items:

  • -Prescriptions
  • -Medications
  • -Identification
  • -Eyeglasses, contacts
  • -Dentures
  • -Hearing aids

References for more information:

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For more information, call Norman Emergency Management at 292-9780.