Emergency Response Plan

The Moore Norman Technology Center Safety & Security office has primary responsibility for emergency management on campus. The safety of every person on campus is of utmost importance to us.

This site will be an essential tool for sharing plans and providing relevant information in case an emergency arises at MNTC, or in the surrounding area. From this homepage, you can access current emergency guidelines for various hazards by clicking on the links to the left. Other information and resources, including policies and procedures, emergency preparedness information, weather and campus violence resources is also included.

Please bookmark this site for future reference, and make yourself familiar with the emergency guidelines provided so that you will be ready to respond in the event of an emergency.

Active Shooter/Armed Intruder

An active shooter/armed intruder is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. Active shooter/armed intruder situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the suspect and mitigate harm to victims. Because these incidents are often over within minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter/armed intruder situation.

Action Guidelines

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life.
Evacuate (Get Out)
If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Help others evacuate, if possible.
  • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Follow the instructions of any police officers.
  • Do not attempt to move wounded people.

Shelter-In-Place (Hide Out)
If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the active shooter’s view.
  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e. an office with a closed and locked door).
  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement.

To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:

  • Lock the door.
  • Block the door with heavy furniture.

If the active shooter is nearby:

  • Lock the door.
  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager.
  • Turn off any source of noise (i.e. radio, television).
  • Hide behind large items (i.e. cabinets, desks).
  • Remain quiet.

Protect Yourself (Act Out)
As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her.

  • Throwing items and improvising weapons.
  • Yelling.
  • Committing to your actions.

How to respond when law enforcement arrives:

  • Put down any items in your hands.
  • Keep hands visible.
  • Follow all instructions.
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers.
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or directions when evacuating. Just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.

Annual Campus Security Report

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and the safety-related requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, MNTC provides an Annual Security Report that includes statements addressing the school's policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security. An example includes policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.

Three years’ worth of statistics are included in this report and documents certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the District and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The report is available electronically or you may request a paper copy by calling 405.364.5763, ext. 7327. This report is updated and posted each year by October 1.

Bomb Threat

A threat, usually verbal or written, to detonate an explosive or incendiary device to cause property damage, death, or injuries, whether or not such a device actually exists. Typically delivered by telephone, the majority of such threats are intended to cause disruption, revenge, or play practical jokes, rather than warning of real devices.

  • Download and complete the Bomb Threat Form
  • Call your campus emergency phone number.

Action Guidelines

If you receive a bomb threat via phone ask the following questions:

  • What time/day is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb located?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • Did you place the bomb?
  • Why?
  • What is your address?
  • What is your name?

Attempt to identify the characteristics of the caller:

  • Male or female
  • Accent
  • Sober or intoxicated
  • Nervous or calm
  • Other identifiable characteristics in the caller’s voice
  • Background noise
Bomb Threat Checklist Rev. Oct 2016

Chemical Spill

  • Call Emergency Assistance at extension 5555 and answer the dispatcher's questions.
  • Evacuate the area to a safe distance; do not return to the area until instructed to do so by school authorities.
  • Obtain assistance for those injured or exposed to the effects of the spill (safety shower, medical attention, etc). Areas of bodily contact should be rinsed for 15 minutes with generous amounts of water.
  • For situations that threaten fire or explosion and spills in which hazardous vapors are present: evacuate the area and tell others to evacuate, close, but do not lock doors behind you to isolate the area, if you have time to do so safely, close fume hood sashes, if you have time to do so safely, post a sign to warn others not to enter the area.
  • Be available to advise emergency response personnel when they arrive. Someone responsible for the room or building should be present to provide details of the incident.

Concerning Behavior

Disruptive Behavior: Communications (verbal or written) or actions which prevent or significantly impair effective workplace or classroom activities, but do not threaten personal safety.

Harassing Behavior: Unwanted, unwelcome, and uninvited behavior that threatens, intimidates, demeans, alarms, annoys, or puts a person in fear for their safety.

Threatening Behavior: An expressed or implied imminent threat to harm an individual(s) that causes a reasonable fear that personal harm is about to occur.

Psychological Crisis: An individual who is in an abnormal state of mind that may result in imminent harm to himself/herself or others, such as a state of extreme anger, panic, or depression.

Suicide Threat: A verbal or written statement indicating an individual’s plan to harm himself/herself.

Action Guidelines

In Response to Disruptive Behavior:

  • Do not ignore disruptive behavior.
  • Consider discussing your concerns with the individual.
  • Document exactly what you are concerned with, what you witnessed or heard, read, etc.
  • Keep evidence that supports your concern.
  • Notify School officials:
    • Students contact their immediate Assistant Director (LINK #)
    • Employees contact Human Resources. (LINK #)

In Response to Harassing/Threatening Behavior:

  • Decide whether it is best to evacuate, lockdown, or avoid area.
  • Call Campus Emergency Assistance at extension 5555
  • If needed, signal to someone that you need help.
  • Do not engage in conversation or arguments.
  • Do not attempt to physically detain anyone.
  • Listen/ watch attentively.
  • Document or try to remember as much as possible:
    • Write physical descriptions of individuals (clothing, physique, accent, etc.) and vehicles (make, model, color, license plate, etc…).
    • Write what is happening, noting actions, locations, and items. If important property, data, or research is threatened, secure the most high-value resources as best as possible, if it is safe to do so.

In Response to Psychological Crisis/Suicide Threat:

  • Take all threats seriously.
  • Monitor the person making the threats from a safe distance.
  • Do not try to approach or reason with the person making threats.
  • Call 911.
  • Stay in a safe area until emergency responders arrive.
  • Provide information to emergency responders.

Emergency Notification Network (ENN)

The recent history of tragic events at several educational institutions has made Moore Norman Technology Center mindful of the importance of timely and effective communications to students, faculty and staff during a time of crisis. The MNTC Emergency Notification Network (ENN) is the comprehensive communications solution that allows the School to quickly disseminate an urgent message through multiple communication mediums. If there is a condition which significantly threatens the health and safety of persons on campus or impacts normal campus operations, school officials will warn the campus community using one or more of the following methods:

It is important to note that no one communication system is capable of reaching everyone, everywhere, every time. Each method has its strengths, weaknesses, and limitations. As a result, the ENN utilizes multiple delivery methods to ensure a greater coverage of intended recipients, and redundancy in the event of failures, which many communication systems are prone.

Communication Method Descriptions

  • SMS Text Messages: By registering your cell phone number via ????? you will receive emergency text messages alerting you to a current or imminent threat.
  • Voice Messages: By registering your cell phone number via ?????  you will receive emergency voice messages alerting you to a current or imminent threat.
  • Email: MNTC can quickly alert students, faculty, and staff of emergency conditions by sending an e-mail to your official @mntechnology.edu email address.
  • Emergency Information Hotline: Official emergency information may also be accessed by calling????????. Please keep in mind that this recording may take several minutes to update.
  • MNTC Website Banners: During an emergency at MNTC, the schools website and all corresponding pages will include prominent banners linking you to the ENN page for more detailed information.
  • Emergency Preparedness Webpage: Everything points to www.mntechnology.edu/prepare if the ENN is activated. The Emergency Preparedness webpage is the official source for the most up to date emergency information and announcements. Within minutes, school officials will post details regarding the emergency, protective action recommendations, and official announcements regarding cancellations, closures, etc. This page will be available 24/7/365 with the latest information about any potential threats and links to preparedness information.
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/MooreNormanTech. While this page will broadcast emergency alerts in the event of an incident, it is not intended to serve as a primary communication method.
  • Twitter: www.twitter.com/MooreNormanTech. While this page will broadcast emergency alerts in the event of an incident, it is not intended to serve as a primary communication method. Public Address: The Franklin Road campus is equipped with public address capabilities. Digital Signage: ENN alerts are broadcast on the digital signage throughout the campus.
  • Local News: Depending on the nature and severity of the emergency, local news stations may carry live breaking news or periodic updates regarding an emergency on campus. Their websites may also carry live streaming video, video clips, or text updates.
  • Newspaper: Depending on the nature and severity of the emergency, the local newspapers may post breaking news or periodic updates regarding an emergency on campus on their website.


Get Out!

The primary purpose for evacuating is to put distance between you and the hazard. Depending on the type of emergency, evacuation procedures may vary. Click to the appropriate hazard type for specific action guidelines.

Action Guidelines

  • Leave the area immediately. Take personal items (keys, wallet, cell phone etc.) if safe to do so
  • Assist individuals with disabilities
  • Do not use elevators
  • Go to designated evacuation assembly area, unless otherwise instructed
  • Provide relevant information (i.e. unaccounted/trapped persons) to emergency responders
  • Do not return until cleared to do so by emergency responders


Explosions can be triggered by natural, chemical, electrical, magnetic, mechanical, or nuclear reactions. There is the potential for great personal injury, as well as the damage and destruction of property in any explosion.

Action Guidelines

  • Evacuate the building through the nearest exit.
  • As you evacuate:
    • Assist persons with disabilities.
    • Stay away from anything that could fall on you.
    • Open doors carefully.
    • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not move a victim unless there is an immediate threat to life.
  • Once outside, stay at least 300 feet away from the building.
  • Follow directions issued by emergency responders.

If you are notified that an explosion took place elsewhere on campus:

  • Assess situation and decide whether to evacuate or shelter-in-place.
  • Stay away from affected area.
  • Follow directions issued through the Emergency Notification System or by emergency responders.
  • Only call 911 if you have important and relevant information.
  • Get additional information by visiting www.mntechnology.com/prepare


Fires are one of the most serious and common hazards on university campuses. Understanding basic fire safety tips and how to respond to a fire can save lives!

Action Guidelines

If you hear a fire alarm or see fire strobes blinking, evacuate the building immediately!

  • If you discover a fire or smoke condition, sound the building alarm by activating the nearest pull station and call 911
  • Whenever you hear the fire alarm sound, leave immediately! Don't assume the fire alarm is false or a test and wait to see what others do. In a fire, seconds count.
  • Try to help others, if you can do so safely.
  • Unless unusual conditions dictate otherwise, the best evacuation route is the nearest stairway and out the nearest exit.
  • When leaving, turn off lights and close the door behind you.
  • Once outside, meet at your assembly point and take a head count to make sure everyone is out and accounted for. Never attempt to re-enter the building to search for someone missing, let fire or police officials know.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the all clear has been given by a Fire Marshal, Police Officer, or school official.

Use a fire extinguisher only if:

  • You have been trained
  • You have your back to an unobstructed exit
  • You have a fully charged and proper type unit for the fire you are fighting
  • The fire is contained and you have reported the fire by activating the fire alarm
  • Everyone else has left the area
  • There is little smoke or flames

Never fight a fire if:

  • You lack a safe way to escape should your efforts fail
  • The fire has left its point of origin
  • You are unsure of the type of extinguisher you need
    If you cannot control the fire within 30 seconds, abandon your efforts, close the door, and evacuate

If you hear a fire alarm or see fire strobes blinking, evacuate the building immediately!

  • Take only keys, wallets, and essential belongings with you
  • If you are the last to exit your room, close the door
  • Leave the building immediately
  • Do not investigate the source of the emergency
  • Walk, don't run, to the nearest exit
  • Use stairs, not elevators
  • If you are unable to evacuate, call Emergency Assistance  at extension 5555 or 911 and report your location
  • As you make your way out, encourage those you encounter to exit
  • Follow instructions of the safety team or other emergency personnel
  • Wait for instructions before returning to your building after an evacuation

Individuals with Disabilities
If a person is unable to evacuate a building due to a physical disability, the following steps should be taken:

  • Have a prior emergency plan to assist the individual with all types of evacuations.
  • If the building has a designated area of rescue, the person should be moved to this area for evacuation from first responders.
  • Do NOT attempt to move or carry the person down stairs unless it is a life or death situation.

Hazardous Materials

Any item or agent (biological, chemical, physical) which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. The quantity of hazardous materials will determine the difference between a small spill/leak and a large release. An example of a small spill/leak is a broken beaker in a lab setting. An example of a large release is a ruptured tanker truck.

Be familiar with the materials you are working with, observe appropriate safety precautions, and consult with Environmental Health & Safety if you have any questions.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) information is available to all students and staff needing to access as part of the classroom safety requirements by visiting www.msds.com. Contact Safety Officer for login information.

Action Guidelines

Small Hazardous Materials Spill/Leak:

  • Evacuate the area and find a safe location.
  • Do not walk in or touch any of the spilled substance.
  • If possible, hold your breath or cover your mouth with a cloth while quickly leaving the area. Try not to inhale gases, fumes, or smoke.
  • Stay away from accident victims until the hazardous material has been identified.
  • Try to stay upwind of the accident.
  • Call campus emergency phone number or call Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Keep others away.
  • Remain in a safe location to direct emergency personnel to the affected area.
  • If you think you may have been exposed to a hazardous material, inform emergency responders immediately.
  • Assist with obtaining information regarding the hazardous material.

Large Hazardous Materials Release:

  • Stay informed and follow directions from MNTC officials and emergency responders.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. While evacuating, avoid inhaling the hazardous material by covering your mouth with a cloth or shirt.
  • If told to shelter-in-place, do so immediately:
    • Take refuge in a small interior room with few, if any, windows or other connections to the outside environment.
    • Close windows and doors.
    • Seal gaps under doorways and around windows with wet towels, duct tape, and plastic sheeting or other impervious materials.
    • Turn off ventilation system, if possible.

Assisting Victim Exposed to Hazardous Materials:

  • Call 911
  • Follow directions from dispatcher on how to best assist the victim.
  • The type of hazardous material will dictate whether it is best to:
    • Evacuate the area.
    • Move victim to fresh air.
    • Take the victim to an eyewash station or safety shower. Eyewash stations are available in industrial program areas and safety showers in Welding.   (find all locations)
    • Remove the victim’s contaminated clothing.

Strange Odor:

Toxic fumes can infiltrate into or through a building from various sources. Improperly stored chemicals, faulty refrigeration, equipment malfunctions, and engines operated near outside air intakes, are some of the more common sources. If the presence of toxic fumes is suspected:

  • Evacuate the area
  • Call your campus emergency phone number

Individuals With Disabilities


The Office of Disability Services is designated to assist all students with disabilities. For more information please contact the office at 405.364.5763, ext. 8204.

Faculty and Staff

The Human Resources Office can assist faculty and staff with disabilities. In addition, MNTC faculty, staff, and students with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) related questions, concerns, and grievances should contact Equality Administration. For more information, please contact the Director of Human Resources at 405-364-5763 extension 8208.

It is imperative that individuals with physical disabilities prepare for emergencies before they happen. The Disability Coordinator is available to discuss emergency procedures with students and familiarize them with evacuation routes specific to their classroom assignments.

Action Guidelines

When Assisting individuals with Disabilities:

  • Check on people with disabilities during an emergency.
  • Ask if someone needs help, how you can properly provide assistance, and if any items need to accompany them.
  • Do not use elevators for emergency evacuation.

When Assisting in Evacuation by Disability Type:
Mobility Impairment

  • If a person cannot exit the building, ask if assistance is needed.
  • If they elect to await evacuation assistance, escort the person to the nearest stairwell or other predetermined area of refuge.
  • Some individuals with mobility impairments who are able to walk independently may be able to negotiate stairs with minor assistance.
  • Do not try to carry anyone with mobility impairment. You could do more harm to them or yourself.
  • After you leave the building, immediately inform emergency responders of the location of the person awaiting evacuation.

Blindness or Visual Impairment

  • Give verbal instructions about the safest route or direction using directional terms and estimated distances.
  • Ask if assistance is needed, if so, offer your elbow and provide guidance through the evacuation route. This may be especially helpful if there is debris or a crowd. (Never grasp the arm of the person you are assisting).
  • While escorting a person out of the building, explain as you are walking where you are going and what you are doing.

Deafness, hearing Loss, Language Difficulty

  • Get their attention by eye contact or touch, if necessary.
  • Communicate the problem including the need to evacuate. Gesturing and pointing are helpful, but be prepared to write a brief statement if the person does not seem to understand.
  • Offer visual instructions to designate the safest route or direction by pointing toward exits or evacuation maps.
  • Offer to escort them from the building.

Personal Preparedness

Be Informed

Knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared. Understand some of the hazards that Oklahoma is vulnerable to:

  • Extreme Weather
  • Floods
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Pandemics
  • Radiological Events
  • Terrorism
  • Utility Failures

Some of the basic protective actions are similar for multiple hazards, and now is the best time to learn more about the effects of these hazards and how you should respond.

Make A Plan

Develop a family emergency plan. Use the emergency planning templates at www.Ready.gov to outline how you will get to a safe place, contact one another, get back together, and what you will do in different situations.

Build A Kit

Build a kit with these essential disaster items to ensure your basic needs are met during the first 48-72 hours after a disaster:

  • Water – one gallon per person per day for at least three to seven days
  • Non-Perishable Food – at least a three to seven day supply
  • Flashlight – with extra batteries
  • Emergency Radio – battery-powered or hand crank
  • First Aid Kit – including medication and prescription drugs for at least 2-weeks
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Whistle
  • Sanitizer – moist towelette or liquid • Multi-Tool / Tool Kit
  • Tarp or plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Important Documents – in a weatherproof container
  • Cash
  • Special items-for infants, children, elderly, persons with functional needs, and pets

More information about how to build a kit can be found at www.Ready.gov. Pre-made kits designed for students can be ordered from the American Red Cross.

Get Involved

Get involved before a disaster strikes! Here are a few ways you can help make the community more resilient to disasters:

  • Volunteer to support disaster efforts.
  • Be a part of the whole community planning process.
  • Join the Norman Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Contact Norman Emergency Management Coordinator at 405.292.9780
  • Donate cash or goods that may help meet the need of the community in times of disaster.

Being ready for a disaster starts with you. Take these basic steps, and when a disaster strikes be a survivor, not a victim.

Reporting An Emergency

Emergency: Any threat to life and/or property that requires immediate response from police, fire or medical services.


  • Serious injury or illness
  • Crime in progress
  • Fire or explosion If you are unsure if an incident is an emergency, call 911.

Action Guidelines

To report an emergency on campus:

  • Make sure you are in a safe location, otherwise find one
  • Do not attempt to interfere with the situation, except for self-protection
  • Observe the activity from a safe distance
  • Call 911
  • Tell the dispatcher:
    • Your location
    • Phone number from which you are calling
    • Nature of the emergency
  • Do not hang up unless your safety is threatened or you are told to do so
  • Watch for arrival of emergency personnel and direct them
  • After emergency personnel arrive, stay out of the way but do not leave

Clery Act Crimes:

  • Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter
  • Negligent Manslaughter
  • Sex Offenses (Forcible and Non-forcible)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson and Hate Crimes as defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook.

    To report a Clery Act Crime: Any Clery Act crime committed on or near MNTC campuses should be reported to Office of Facility Operations at extension 7327.

Please refer to AlertMe or more information about this reporting requirement.

Reporting Criminal Activity

  • If you observe a crime in progress or behavior that you suspect is criminal, immediately notify Emergency Assistance at extension 5555 or 405.364.5763.
  • Be prepared to provide as much of the following information as possible: 
    • What is the person doing?
    • How many people are involved?
    • Has anyone been injured?
    • Where is it happening?
    • Physical and clothing description of those involved
    • Are weapons involved?
    • If a vehicle is involved, vehicle description, license plate number and direction of travel.
  • DO NOT approach or attempt to apprehend the person(s) involved.
  • Stay on the phone with the dispatcher until officers arrive and provide additional information as it becomes available or as the situation changes.

Violence/Bullying Tipline

School bullying statistics in the United States show that about one in four kids in the U.S. are bullied on a regular basis. Between cyber bullying and bullying at school, the school bullying statistics illustrate a huge problem with bullying and the American school system.

One of the most unfortunate parts of these school bullying statistics is that in about 85 percent of bullying cases, no intervention or effort is made by a teacher or administration member of the school to stop the bullying from taking place. However, now that more and more schools are taking an active approach to cut down on the number of students that live in fear of being bullied, the numbers will go down.

We need to stand together and put an end to bullying. When teens see their peers being bullied, they need to report the incident or get help. If teens band together to address these issues, they really don't have to worry about being the target of a bully since most bullies really only attack those that are weaker than them. By standing together to prevent bullying in every school, the number of depressed and suicidal teens can drop along with those who fear for their life while attending school.

If you or someone you know is being intimidated, harassed, bullied or has threatened our campus, please report. We can help. Call the Violence/Bullying Tipline at 1.866.346.3053.

For more information on risk factors, warning signs and the effects of Bullying, click here.


Shelter-in-Place is an effective protective response measure in the event of a threat from several different types of emergencies (radiological/toxic material releases, etc.). Sheltering may be ordered for serious incidents where an evacuation is not feasible due to traffic conditions, damage to roadways, or the probability that the evacuation could not be completed prior to the arrival of a plume that would expose evacuating personnel. The Emergency Manager will be advised of a sheltering order via notification by the emergency public address system, radio, NPD or other determined resources.

Personnel will be told to remain indoors. All employees should follow procedures to seal off windows, doors and vents.

  • Stop classes or other operations in the building
  • If there are visitors in the building, provide for their safety by asking them to stay--not leave. When public safety officials provide directions to shelter in place, they want everyone to take those steps immediately, where they are
  • Building ventilation systems will be shut down where possible.
  • Select interior rooms above the ground floor with the fewest windows and vents. The rooms should be large enough for everyone to sit comfortably and quietly. Use multiple rooms if necessary
  • Remain calm and await further instructions

Suspicious Activity

A suspicious activity is anything that an average person would consider unusual given the activity, time, place, and/or location. These types of incidents usually involve a suspicious person, vehicle, and/or object.


  • Person carrying unusual property given the time of day or location.
  • Person loitering in a way that is inconsistent with the usual purpose of the area; perhaps at a bike rack, in between rows of cars, around lockers, or in a way as if to conceal himself or herself from view.
  • Vehicle idling with the lights off at night in a dark area.
  • An unattended bag in a high-occupancy area.

Action Guidelines

If you discover a suspicious object on campus:

  • Do not touch, tamper with, move, cover, insulate, or open the object.
  • Keep a safe distance from the suspicious object. A distance of at least 300 feet is recommended.
  • Call 5555 to report the situation. If you encounter a suspicious vehicle or person on campus:
  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle or person.
  • Call your campus emergency phone number.
  • Be as detailed as possible when describing the suspicious person or vehicle.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Sex/Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Height/Weight/Age
  • Clothing Type/Color
  • Hair Style/Color
  • Distinguishing marks
  • Location
  • Direction of travel
  • Method of travel

Vehicle Characteristics:

  • Color
  • Year
  • Make
  • Body Style/Model
  • License plate number and state
  • Distinctive Marks/Accessories
  • Location
  • Direction of travel
  • Occupants (number and description)


The weather conditions in Oklahoma can quickly change with little or no notice. Severe thunderstorms have the potential to produce a number of hazards that can pose a threat to life and property. Be prepared for flooding, lightning, and/or tornados which may occur during any severe weather event.

Action Guidelines

  • Go to or stay inside a solid structure.
    • Be alert to flying or falling objects.
    • Stay away from windows, mirrors, glass, and unsecured objects.
    • Proceed to a fully enclosed central hallway of the building, or a closed room with no windows.
    • Do not use elevators.
  • If requested, assist persons with disabilities to the safest area on the same floor.
  • Refer to the sections below for incident specific information.


  • Move to a higher floor in your building or evacuate to higher ground.
  • Avoid driving or walking through standing or fast-moving water.


  • If stuck outside, avoid pools or standing under tall objects, as these put you at greater risk of being affected by lightning.


  • Go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor, if possible.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • A vehicle or modular building does not provide good protection. Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible.
  • If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Stay in the shelter location until the danger has passed.