How to prepare for severe weather during COVID-19 pandemic

How to prepare for severe weather during COVID-19 pandemic

Spring is in high gear here in Oklahoma, which means severe weather season is knocking on the door.

With the Coronavirus stealing the headlines of late, severe weather preparation has taken a back seat.

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service are saying the COVID-19 pandemic brings added complications to taking shelter from tornadoes, but they say protecting yourself against severe weather is very important.

The OEM and NWS are urging families across the state to explore the best options to keep you safer from severe weather, as well as limit your exposure to the virus and not to wait until there is a tornado warning issued to make a plan.

They are also encouraging people to take as many precautions as possible to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 as best they can, including Center for Disease Control recommendations to wear a cloth face covering and maintain social distancing.

“The best way to prepare for severe weather during a pandemic is to stay informed of the latest weather forecast from the National Weather Service and local media, as well as the latest recommendations regarding COVID-19 from CDC, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and local authorities,” according to a statement from the OEM and NWS.

The City of Jenks does not have a community shelter. According to the city, the best place to shelter is in your home on the lowest floor, in a small-center room, such as a bathroom or closet, under a stairwell or in an interior hallway with no windows. The city also says you should crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down and cover your head with your hands.

To receive City of Jenks alerts by phone, visit http://jenks.com/374/notify-me and sign up for Emergency Alerts.

Kyle Salomon

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