The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 28, 2013

The time for getting ready when severe weather strikes in state of Oklahoma is now


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Don’t let your guard down.

Here it is — almost May — and we’ve been fortunate in our area to escape the common spring threat in Oklahoma: severe weather.

We’ve had a couple of episodes, but for the most part spring has been more winter-like up to now. But, we know that can — and will — change.

There’s a lot of severe weather season to go, and we know we’re going to get our share of it. We can’t change the weather, but we can be prepared for when bad weather hits.

The time to do our preparations, though, is now. It’s not when a severe storm is moving in on us or the sirens go off.

The most important thing families can do is talk to each other. Develop a plan and practice what you will do in the event of a tornado.

Make sure everyone in the family knows where to go and how to best protect themselves.

The best place to go is an underground shelter, basement or safe room. If none of those are available, then the best place is a small, windowless interior room or hallway.

As we’ve all heard for years, if you live in a mobile home, get out and get to shelter elsewhere before a tornado warning is issued.

The Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management website (www.gcem.org) and the American Red Cross website (www.red cross.org) have plenty of information that can help you figure out a plan.

Today’s News & Eagle also includes a four-page section loaded with tips. Check it out. We have access to a wealth of information in Enid and the state when it comes to weather. However, the value of all that information is lessened if we don’t know what to do when severe weather hits.

You have to prepare ahead of time. You can’t start figuring out your emergency plan when a tornado is heading your way.