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Emergency Planning Tips

The following are some guidelines and recommendations from Norman Emergency Management to help you and your family prepare for a disaster.


Like many cities, the City of Norman does not provide public shelter facilities for severe weather events. Instead we support sheltering in place as a safer option. (Many people have put their safety at risk to try to get to a public storm shelter, only to find that it is full.)

Determine early if you will shelter in place or relocate to an area not threatened by severe weather. To shelter in place, choose an interior room on the lowest level away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Keep spare shoes, flashlights and spare batteries, and a well-stocked survivalkit in this location. Close any windows. Bring your family and pets into this room. 

If you have a storm shelter or safe room, make sure to register it with the City of Norman. 

If you do decide to leave your home or business, do so well before a storm hits.


  • Get an NOAA Weather Radio
  • Stock a survival kit for your home with water, food, clothing, first aid kit, supplies and special items. Put these in airtight plastic bags, 
  • Evaluate contents of the kit and family needs at least once a year and replace items as needed.
  • Keep these items in an easy to carry container in your shelter space. Suggested containers include a plastic storage bin, backpack or duffel bag. Store the emergency kit in a convenient place to all family members. Consider keeping a kit in your vehicle as well.


  • Evacuation procedures
  • Individual roles
  • Communication plan
  • Decide on a meeting place outside of the neighborhood.
  • Choose an out of area friend or relative that will act as a point of contact for everyone, if needed.


  • Work together.
  • Assist neighbors with special needs.
  • Make plans for children at home if parents can't return to the area.


  • Post emergency phone numbers by every phone and program into cell phones.
  • Know how and when to shut off water, electricity, and gas at main controls.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home near bedrooms.
  • Make arrangements for animals.


  • During emergencies immediately follow instructions from fire, police, and emergency officials.
  • Learn alternate ways out of the neighborhood, plan and rehearse an escape plan.
  • Make a list of items to take with you - remember, you may only have a few minutes.
  • If told to evacuate immediately, take only essential items such as prescriptions and medications, identification, eye glasses or contacts, dentures, and hearing aids.


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This information provided by Norman Emergency Management, 292-9780.