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Noble, OK 73068

Tornado Preparation

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TORNADOES

  • Tornadoes are violent, rotating storms with winds that can exceed 300 miles per hour.  The product of thunderstorms and hurricanes, they can be highly destructive.  Injuries or deaths from tornadoes most often are due to collapsed buildings, flying objects, or people caught trying to outrun the funnel cloud.

Preparing for a Tornado

  • Designate a shelter area in your home.  Basements or storm cellars are the safest.  Otherwise, use an interior room or hallway on the ground floor.
  • Practice getting to your home shelter area
  • If you live in a mobile home, find a sturdy building nearby where you can take shelter.  Mobile homes offer little protection in a tornado.

 

The City of Noble currently has five (5) tornado sirens.  The sirens are located at:

  1. Area of Etowah and Lakeside
  2. 1100 Block of Maguire (across from Hubbard Elementary)
  3. Attached to the Fire Station
  4. 200 Block of Woodbriar
  5. The City Brush Dump and Animal Control Shelter on South Front

 

Tornado Terms to Know:

Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in the area.  Stay tuned to the radio or TV and watch the sky.

Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted. Take cover at once.

 

 

During a Tornado Watch

  • Stay tuned to TV or radio for updates.
  • Be prepared to take shelter at any time, since some tornadoes develop so quickly that advance warning is impossible.
  • Watch sky for funnel-shaped clouds and pay attention to tornado danger signs - dark, greenish sky, large hail and a loud roar similar to a freight train.
  • Stay out of large, flat buildings with wide-open areas such as supermarkets or shopping malls.
  • Stock your home shelter with a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, water and a first aid kit.

During a Tornado Warning

  • Head for the designated shelter or central area on the lowest floor of a nearby building.
  • In a high-rise, get to the lowest floor possible and go to an interior room.
  • Leave vehicles and mobile homes at once.  Seek shelter in a sturdy building.
  • If you are caught outside, lie flat in a ditch and cover your head.  Do not get under bridges or overpasses.
  • Never attemp to outrun a tornado.

After a Tornado

  • Watch out for debris - especially broken glass - and downed power lines.
  • Be careful when entering a tornado-damaged structure.  Make sure walls and roof are in place and the foundation is sound.