Emergency Management Center is designed to provide the citizens of
Ardmore with information and safety tips dealing with severe weather
of Emergency Management
to handle an emergency
safely to an emergency
from an emergency
future emergencies or minimizing their effects
includes plans or preparations made to save lives and to help response
and rescue operations. Evacuation plans and stocking food and water
are both examples of preparedness.
activities take place BEFORE an emergency occurs.
includes actions taken to save lives and prevent further property
damage in a disaster or emergency situation.
is putting your preparedness plans into action. Seeking shelter from
a tornado or turning off gas valves in an earthquake are both response
activities take place DURING an emergency.
actions taken to return to a normal or even safer situation following
Recovery includes getting financial assistance to help pay for the
Recovery activities take place AFTER an emergency.
includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance
of an emergency happening, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable
Buying food and fire insurance for your home is a mitigation activity.
activities take place BEFORE and AFTER emergencies.
a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as
an underground shelter is not available, move to a small interior
room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece
of furniture. Put as many walls as possible between you and the
away from windows
out of auto mobiles
not try to outrun a tornado in your car; instead, leave it immediately
for a safe shelter.
caught outside or in a vehicle, lie flat in a nearby ditch or
depression and cover your head with your hands.
aware of flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most
fatalities and injuries.
homes, even tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
You should leave a mobile home and go to the lowest floor of a
sturdy nearby building or a storm shelter.
walking, swimming or diving in flood waters
away from high water, storm drains, ditches, ravines, or
culverts. If it is moving swiftly, even water six inches
deep can knock you off your feet
you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around, and go another
way. Climb to higher ground
not let children play near storm drains.
outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent. This is your
best way to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation
to a sturdy building or car. Do not take shelter in small sheds,
under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles. Stay away
from tall objects such as towers, fences, telephone poles, and
lighting is occurring and a sturdy shelter is not available, get
inside a hard top automobile and keep the windows up. Avoid touching
lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances
not necessary for obtaining weather information. Avoid using the
telephone or any electrical appliances. Use phones ONLY
in an emergency.
not take a bath or shower during a thunderstorm.
off air conditioners. Power surges from lightening can cause serious
Lightening Safety Rule: go indoors if, after seeing lightening,
you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for
30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
Storm Preparedness and Safety
If a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for your area, that means
that hazardous winter weather conditions (such as snow greater than 6
inches in 24 hours, winds gusting over 35 mph, or visibilities less ¼
mile) are expected in the next 12 to 36 hours. You should prepare for
the worst now:
Home or Work Make Sure You Have:
a working flashlight
battery powered NOAA weather radio, radio,
extra food, water, medicine, and baby items
first aid supplies
heating fuel (propane, kerosene, fuel oil,
emergency heating source
fire extinguisher and smoke detector
Cars and Trucks:
fully check and winterize your vehicle
keep your gas tank near full
carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit which
flashlight with extra batteries
high calorie, non-perishable food
a smaller can and water-proof matches to
melt snow for drinking water
sand or cat litter
a Winter Storm Warning has been issued for your area, that means that
hazardous winter weather conditions (such as snow greater than 6 inches
in 24 hours, winds gusting over 35 mph, or visibilities less ¼
mile) are expected within the next 12 hours or are already occurring.
Find a dry shelter. Cover all exposed parts of the body.
If shelter is not available:
Prepare a lean-to, wind break, or snow-cave
for protection from the wind.
Build a fire for heat and to attract attention.
Place rocks around the fire to absorb and reflect
Do not eat snow. It will lower your body
temperature. Melt it first.
Stranded in a Car or Truck:
Stay in your car or truck!
Run the motor about ten minutes each hour.
Open the windows a little fresh air to avoid carbon
monoxide poisoning. Make
sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.
Make yourself visible to rescuers:
Turn on the dome light at night when running
Tie a colored cloth to your antenna or
Raise the hood after the snow stops falling.
Exercise to keep blood circulating and
to keep warm.
Home or in a Building:
If there is no heat:
Close off unneeded rooms.
Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
Cover windows at night.
Eat and drink. Food provides the body with
energy and heat. Fluids prevent dehydration.
Wear layers of loose-fitting, light-weight,
City of Ardmore maintains and operates a network of outdoor warning
sirens, designed to warn the public of severe weather. These sirens
are mounted to utility poles throughout the City, and are designed to
provide warning for those persons outdoors, away from other types of
warning devices such as television and radio. This warning system has
never been intended for a warning to residents inside buildings, simply
because they are not loud enough to penetrate buildings or to awaken
individuals who are sleeping.
Emergency Warning Sirens will be activated under the following circumstances
upon approval of the civil defense manager or her designees.
Weather- Whenever a tornado warning has been issued and a tornado strike
is likely within a radius of approximately fifteen (15) miles of the
City of Ardmore, and upon approval of the Civil Defense Manager for
the City of Ardmore or her designees.
2. Civil Emergency- Upon notification by the Civil Defense Manager for
the City of Ardmore
3. National Emergency- Upon notification by the Civil Defense Manager
for the City of Ardmore or the Federal Emergency Management Administration
Weather Radio is service provided by the National Weather Service, 24
hours a day, 7 days a week. Routine programming includes the latest
weather conditions, weather summaries for the vicinity and surrounding
areas, and short term forecasts of significant weather expected within
the next 1-3 hours. But one of the most important reasons to own a weather
radio is the ability to receive up-to-the-minute information on severe
weather, such as severe thunderstorms, large hail, strong and damaging
winds, tornadoes, and flash floods. Many weather radio receivers are
equipped with a tone alert which will be activated the moment severe
weather threatens our immediate area.
radios are probably the best means of emergency warning for inside your
home, and can be purchased anywhere from $20 to $50 at Wal-Mart, Radio
Shack, or any electronic store.
Transmitter frequency: 162.525
· Oklahoma state FIPS code: 40 (or 040)
· Carter County FIPS code: 019
· Love County FIPS code: 085
· Jefferson County FIPS code: 067
· Murray County FIPS code: 099