Weather in Choctaw
This spring, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are offering the following guidance for how to take shelter from severe weather during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The need to practice social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19 brings added complications to taking shelter from severe weather. However, state and federal officials agree that your top priority should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado.
Officials recommend sheltering from tornadoes inside your home when possible. If you don’t have a below-ground storm shelter, well-constructed homes and buildings provide life-saving protection from 98 percent of Oklahoma’s tornadoes. Take shelter in a closet, bathroom, interior hallway or other interior room with no windows on the lowest level of the house or building.
Now is the time to explore the best options to keep you safer from severe weather as well as limit your exposure to the virus. Don’t wait until a tornado warning is issued to make a plan.
Wherever you choose to shelter from a tornado, take as many precautions as possible to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 as best as you can, including Center for Disease Control (CDC) 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 NWS and local media as well as the latest recommendations regarding COVID-19 from the CDC, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and local authorities.
Preparing During Hazardous Weather
Located in Central Oklahoma, Choctaw mostly enjoys a mild climate with comfortable temperatures most of the year. There are however certain weather issues to be aware of and prepare for to keep your family safe. View current weather conditions in Choctaw or visit the following links for information to keep you weather wise.
Choctaw is located near the North Canadian River and has several tributaries running through our city limits, so it’s important to be aware of the local Floodplains.
View facts and tips regarding safety during lightning.
A tornado is a violent windstorm characterized by a twisting, funnel-shaped cloud spawned by a thunderstorm or sometimes as a result of a hurricane and is produced when cool air overrides a layer of warm air, forcing the warm air to rise rapidly.
When winter weather is upon us, it’s time to make plans for possibility of ice and snow making its appearance. Therefore, the City and County leaders from across the Oklahoma City Metro Area have worked to develop a regional snow route map that highlights the best route choices for motorists when inclement winter weather strikes.