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Severe Weather - Lightning Safety - Tornado

Postpone activities promptly if you hear thunder and go to a safe shelter immediately. Get out of the water and don’t stand in puddles of water, even if you are wearing rubber boots.

Sturdy buildings are the safest place to be. Avoid sheds, picnic shelters, baseball dugouts, and bleachers. If no sturdy building is nearby get in a hardtop vehicle with windows closed. The steel frame of the vehicle provides some protection if you are not touching metal.

If you can’t get to a shelter, avoid trees. Crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as it is tall.

Coaches and leaders should monitor the weather during practice sessions or games.

Avoid metal! Drop metal backpacks, stay away from clotheslines, fences, exposed sheds and electrically conductive elevated objects. Don’t hold on to metal items such golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets or tools.

Stay several yards away from other people. Don’t share a bleacher bench or huddle in a group.



Call 911 immediately. Get medical attention as quickly as possible.

Give first aid. If the victim has stopped breathing, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR. Use an AED if available. If the person has a pulse and is breathing, address any other injuries.

People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge that can shock other people. You can attend to them without risk of shock.

The City of Norman maintains a citywide civil defense warning siren that will be sounded in the event of a tornado warning. If severe weather is imminent and you are outdoors, move indoors as quickly as possible.

Consider obtaining an emergency kit and weather radio for your department.

Shut off any equipment that might be affected by a temporary loss of  electricity.

Close hallway doors as you leave to shield the corridors from flying debris.

Move to any of the best available refuge areas in the building. Become familiar with the location of the best available refuge area in your building before a storm occurs. The locations of the specific shelters for residence halls can be found at

When you are off campus or in buildings without designated shelters, move to a small room on lower levels, an interior hallway, or basement. GET IN, GET DOWN AND COVER UP!

Avoid upper floors, large glassed areas, auditoriums, and windows.

Stay out of parking garages, auditoriums and exterior walkways. Stay away from electrical appliances.

Use the telephone for emergency calls ONLY.


Call 911 to report any damage.

There WILL NOT be an all clear signal from the siren system in Norman.