City officials and community partners prepare for extreme winter weather alongside neighbors this week, offering friendly tips and reminders about how preparedness efforts can make a world of difference.
“Residents are encouraged to take precautions for their home, family and pets as conditions persist,” said Travis King, Norman Fire Chief and Emergency Manager. “The weather conditions that we expect to primarily affect Normanites this week are cold temperatures and the wind. Situational awareness is key to being prepared with the right items at the right time. We urge everyone to dress in a way that guards against the wind, protect your skin and shield your eyes with eyewear if you are outdoors.”
The City of Norman Communications Office released preparedness information and outlined details regarding city operations with helpful links at Normanok.gov on Tuesday. Should City services be impacted by winter weather, such updates will continue to be provided for the community at this established webpage at Normanok.gov. Water pipe protection, warming shelter information and travel guidance are a few items covered.
First responders in public safety departments, as well as Utilities and Public Works, remain in communication as conditions are monitored at the City of Norman.
“Staff is well prepared and we always stand ready to serve,” said City Manager Darrel Pyle. “The safety of our residents is our topmost priority and it is our hope that sharing quality information ahead of major weather events can help to mitigate risk and shine a light on vital resources that are available in our community.”
City partnerships are essential in preparedness and response efforts, Pyle said. The City of Norman has been in contact with other utility agencies, nonprofits and the business community ahead of anticipated events.
“I’d really like to encourage Norman businesses to be prepared for the extreme cold headed our way,” said Scott Martin, President and CEO of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. “Evaluate vacant or lightly used buildings so that indoor sprinkler systems don’t burst causing significant damage, check on your rental properties to make sure your tenants are weather aware, and don’t forget to adjust if not turnoff automatic outdoor sprinkler systems – no need to create unwelcomed ice rinks. Take steps today to ensure your tenants, buildings, and property are protected from the severe temperatures.”