When: You receive a Severe Weather Alert to seek refuge or hear tornado sirens signal severe weather.
Seek refuge inside a building and remain there.
Go to the lowest level of the building, interior rooms or hallways and away from doors and windows.
GET IN, GET DOWN, COVER UP!
Do Not seek refuge in a car.
If No structure is available lie flat on the ground and cover head with hands and arms.
Do Not seek refuge under a bridge or overpass.
Wait for official notice to resume normal activities
SEVERE WEATHER AND LIGHTING SAFETY:
Postpone activities promptly if you hear thunder and go to a safe shelter immediately. Get out of the water and don’t stand in puddles of water, even if you are wearing rubber boots.
- Sturdy buildings are the safest place to be. Avoid sheds, picnic shelters, baseball dugouts, and bleachers. If no sturdy building is nearby get in a hardtop vehicle with windows closed. The steel frame of the vehicle provides some protection if you are not touching metal.
- If you can’t get to a shelter, avoid trees. Crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as it is tall.
- Avoid metal! Drop metal backpacks, stay away from clotheslines, fences, exposed sheds and electrically conductive elevated objects. Don’t hold on to metal items such golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets or tools.
WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING:
- Call 911 immediately. Get medical attention as quickly as possible.
- Give first aid. If the victim has stopped breathing, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR. Use an AED if available. If the person has a pulse and is breathing, address any other injuries.
People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge that can shock other people. You can attend to them without risk of shock.
SEVERE WEATHER AND TORNADO SAFETY:
The City of Norman maintains a citywide civil defense warning siren that will be sounded in the event of a tornado warning. If severe weather is imminent and you are outdoors, move indoors as quickly as possible.
- Consider obtaining an emergency kit and weather radio for your department.
- Shut off any equipment that might be affected by a temporary loss of electricity.
- Close hallway doors as you leave to shield the corridors from flying debris.
- Move to any of the best available refuge areas in the building. Become familiar with the location of the best available refuge area in your building before a storm occurs.
- When you are in buildings without designated shelters, move to a small room on lower levels, an interior hallway, or basement. GET IN, GET DOWN AND COVER UP!
- Avoid upper floors, large glassed areas, and windows.
- Stay out of parking garages and exterior walkways. Stay away from electrical appliances.
- Use the telephone for emergency calls ONLY.
- STAY CALM AND ALERT.
- Call 911 to report any damage.
- There WILL NOT be an all clear signal from the siren system in Norman.
ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911
CITY OF NORMAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
201-B West Gray
Norman, OK 73070
Phone: (405) 321-1600
Fax: (405) 366-5329
CITY OF NORMAN FIRE DEPARTMENT
415 East Main
Norman, OK 73070
Phone: (405) 292-9780
Fax: (405) 292-9785
NORMAN REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM