• Drought Water...be careful how you use it!
  • Shelter Registration Register your storm shelter so local authorities can locate your shelter in the case of an emergency. Access registration form in Download Forms section.
  • Emergency Preparedness Kit One of the most important ways to prepare for an emergency is to create a personal, 72-hour emergency kit.
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Wildfires Awareness

Tuesday, 17 May, 2016

Wildfire with fire tornadoWILDFIRE AWARENESS:

Wildfires are often caused by human activity. High winds and dry conditions can set the stage for potentially severe fires. The greatest single cause is when burning debris is not properly contained and sparks or burning trash blow into the air. Oklahomans can help prevent fires if they:


•Be careful when pulling off a road or driving into a field. Hot catalytic converters can ignite vegetation.

•Avoid burning trash. Even a barrel covered with a screen can allow a spark to escape, igniting nearby vegetation.

•Do not use fireworks during holidays.

•If you smoke in your car, extinguish cigarettes in vehicle ashtrays. Never toss a cigarette out of a car window, and don’t put cigarettes out on the ground.

•Keep a fire extinguisher and water handy when working outdoors with equipment that gets hot, or involves sparks, such as welding equipment. Water down outdoor work areas in advance if possible.

If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Choose a route away from the fire hazard and be alert to changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.

When weather conditions make wildfires more likely in your area, prepare by taking the following precautions:

•Keep firefighting tools handy, such as: ladder long enough to reach the roof, shovel, rake and buckets.

•Place connected garden hoses on all sides of the house for emergency use.

•Know all emergency exits from your house.

•Learn all routes leading out of your neighborhood.


As fires actually approach, take the following actions:

•Park your car facing the direction of escape.

•Shut off gas at the meter. Only a qualified professional can safely turn the gas back on.

•Turn off propane tanks.

•Place combustible patio furniture inside.


For more information about wildfire safety, visit the following websites:

Oklahoma Firewise

Oklahoma Forestry Services

Flooding Safety

Tuesday, 17 May, 2016

Roadway floodingFlooding




Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters - except fire. Floods can be slow or fast rising and generally develop over a period of days.

Flash floods usually result from intense storms dropping large amounts of rain within a brief period. Flash floods occur with little or no warning and can reach full peak in only a few minutes.

In the United States, an average of 100 people lose their lives in floods annually, with flood damage averaging more than $2 billion. The Midwest's "Great Flood of 1993" cost 48 lives and more than $12 billion. Flash floods are the #1 weather-related killer in the United States.

Flood Safety

Before the flood:

•Find out if you live in a flood-prone area.

•Plan and practice an evacuation route.

•Have disaster supplies on hand.

•Develop an emergency communications plan.

•Learn about the National Flood Insurance Program.

During the flood:

•Stay informed. Turn on a battery-operated radio or television to get the latest emergency information. Turn Around Dont Drown.gif

•If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

•Avoid walking through floodwater. Water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet if it is moving swiftly.

•Do not drive into a flooded street. Cars can be swept away by two feet of moving water or there may be unseen damage to the road. If you come to a flooded area turn around and go another way. Most flood-related deaths are caused by people driving through water.

•Watch out for fire hazards.





After the flood:

•Take care of yourself first.

•Dry out your home.

•Restore the utilities.

•Clean up.

•Rebuild and flood proof.

•Prepare for the next flood.


Protect yourself from the next flood with flood insurance, a flood response plan and community flood protection programs.


For more information:

•American Red Cross information on flood and flash flood safety.

•Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association promotes sound floodplain management practices and the natural and cultural benefits of the floodplain.

•Are you ready? has terms and tips for what to do before, during and after a flood.

•National Flood Insurance Program, has information about the NFIP program.

•Floods...The Awesome Power


Tornadoe Safety

Tuesday, 17 May, 2016

Tornado in OklahomaTornadoes


The tornado is the most violent storm on Earth. A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air extending to the ground from a thunderstorm cloud. The path width of a tornado is usually very narrow, but can range up to a half-mile or more in the most extreme cases. Tornadoes usually only last a few minutes, but a few can last for much longer, traveling along the ground for several miles. Tornadoes can remain almost stationary, or can race across the countryside at speeds over 50 mph. Violent winds in and near the tornado can cause incredible destruction, and can generate flying debris, which is the main thing that hurts people in tornadoes.

Tornado Safety

Keeping informed about the weather is the best way to avoid being caught in a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Your local National Weather Service Forecast Office provides information about dangerous weather in your area, and you should keep a close eye on this information whenever storms threaten your area. A battery operated NOAA Weather Radio with a warning alarm feature should be a part of your information system!

It’s also critical that you think about tornado safety long before there’s a storm on the horizon, and plan what you will do to stay safe no matter where you may be when storms threaten.

When a severe storm or tornado threatens, remember these basic guidelines:

GET IN - get as far inside a strong building as you can, away from doors and windows

GET DOWN - get to the lowest floor

COVER UP - use whatever you can to protect yourself from flying or falling debris

•A reinforced underground storm shelter, storm cellar, enclosed basement or safe room are usually the safest places in a tornado. Underground shelters get you out of the way of flying and falling debris, which is a tornado’s most lethal weapon.

•If you cannot get underground, remember the basic guidelines. Get as far inside the strongest building you can find. Stay away from doors, windows and other openings to the outside. Put as many walls between you and the outside as you can.

•Get as low as you can. Go to the lowest floor of the building you’re in.

•Cover up to protect yourself from flying and falling debris. Use whatever you can find - pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, mattresses. Wearing a helmet or hardhat will help protect your head from debris.

•Being outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle are all unsafe in a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Find stronger shelter before the storm arrives and remember to get in, get down and cover up.



More information

•Tornado Project Online has a wealth of tornado information as well as with tornado myths, tornado oddities, personal experiences, tornado chasing and tornado safety.

•FEMA Are You Ready? has terms and tips for what to do before and during a tornado and preparing a safe room.

•American Red Cross: Tornado suggests how to prepare a home tornado plan, assemble a disaster supplies kit and what to do before, during and after a tornado.

•Historical information on Oklahoma tornadoes.

•Frequently Asked Questions about Tornadoes.

•FEMA tornado site for kids.

•Preparing a Safe Room has guidelines and instructions for building a safe room.


Download Forms

Friday, 28 August, 2015

Here you can find download links for useful forms and documents. NOTE: To download any of the files below, simply right click on them and select "Save File As"

Safe Room Registration:

docDownload Document

Application for Pipeline Road Crossing Permit:


Flood Plains Permit:

Residential Application:
docxDownload Document

Oil & Gas/Commercial Application:


pdfFloodplain Permit

Registering Your Storm Shelter

Thursday, 11 September, 2014

shelterIn the event of a severe weather disaster, pre-registration of your storm shelter enables rescue personnel to locate your shelter more efficiently. The information you provide will be mapped on Google Earth and used to locate your shelter so that rescue personnel can check on your well-being and secure your safety in the event that your shelter's exit should become blocked by fallen debris.  

tornado for website Rural Stephens County residents can register their contact information and preferences to receive urgent notifications and important updates. Stephens County has selected Blackboard Connect™, a leading mass notification platform to facilitate important communication and emergency preparedness.



gary ballGary Ball
Emergency Management Director.
+1 580 255 3411

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