November 13, 2013 has been proclaimed Winter Weather Preparedness Day in Tuttle. Now is the time to start considering your winter safety precautions. A good place to start is FEMA's Winter Storms & Extreme Cold Ready website. You can also download our Winter Weather Tips.
For current conditions and forecasts visit:
National Weather Service Norman Office - For forecasts
Oklahoma Mesonet - For current conditions
OHP Road Conditions - For statewide highway driving conditions (also 405-425-2385)
Please refer these websites for more information:
Outside Warning System (Storm Sirens)
We test our outdoor warning system each Saturday at noon if the temperature is above freezing, no warnings have been issued for Tuttle area, and there is no severe weather approaching. We may also test it at other times for maintenance or repair.
We activate the system to warn those outside of immediate, significant, and/or widespread threats, such as tornadoes, that may be approaching. Some things to keep in mind:
We have been working on expanding the storm siren system in recent years. In 2010 we added a siren at SH4 & Tyler Dr. And this year we are in the process of adding sirens at Tyler & Richland, SH37 & Worley Creek, and SH37 & Whispering Lakes/Pines area. As money becomes available through grants, donations, and budget allocations, we hope to expand the system further.
Please also note that storm sirens are subject to breakdown and/or malfunction. Please refer to TEM's Facebook page for real-time updates on siren status as well as other info regarding severe weather.
Even though we have storm sirens, you should not rely on them as your only source of warning information. It is best to have multiple ways to receive warning info. A NOAA Weather Radio with SAME technology is a good method of receiving warning messages indoors. For more information on NOAA Weather Radio, please refer to NWS by clicking HERE. You can also get warnings via radio, television, subscription services (that use text messages, e-mails, and telephone messages), social media, and other sources.
Public Tornado Shelter at City Hall
Over the past 4 years, the City has received almost $1.6 million in FEMA hazard mitigation grants to construct a public tornado shelter. This 6,000 square foot facility was completed in late 2012 as part of our new City Hall downtown at Main & NW 3rd Streets. It is intended to provide short-term safe refuge from extreme-wind events such as tornadoes. Between these events, the shelter functions as our Council chambers and a multi-purpose facility.
The Public Storm Shelter is prepped upon the issuance of a Tornado WATCH, and opened if a Tornado WARNING is issued or we receive a reliable report of or observe a tornado that will affect Tuttle. We may open it earlier depending on conditions or on high-threat days.
During prep, we will usually add an automated greeting to the City administrative phone lines advising of the severe weather threat that day and whether or not the shelter will be made available.
Normally the conditions that would cause the shelter to be opened would also result in the sounding of the storm sirens.
In order to maximize everyone’s safety & comfort while inside the shelter:
Also, please remember that the best kind of shelter is an individual storm shelter. Driving long distances and/or toward severe weather in an effort to beat the storm to a public shelter can actually be more dangerous.
We do NOT open the shelter for every storm that comes up.
Please remember that even though the shelter was designed to provide near-absolute protection, there is no guarantee that you will not be injured while using it.
Personal Severe Weather Response Plans
We are sympathetic to the sense of security some feel toward public tornado shelters, but the reality is that even though we have this facility, a PERSONAL storm shelter is the best option to protect your family against these events. Here’s why:
A well-constructed residential safe room or personal storm shelter will provide the BEST protection against the impact of tornadoes, including violent tornadoes. These types of personal shelters provide the same, if not greater, protection than public storm shelters without the travel risk and other issues. If you have a personal shelter, please remember to register it with the City.
Standard residential construction provides typically survivable protection for over 98% of tornadoes in Oklahoma IF those in the path move to the lowest possible level in a small interior room or closet away from exterior openings such as doors & windows. Bicycle helmets, padding & blankets provide additional protection against flying projectiles. For the less than 2% of events that are classified as violent, you must seek shelter elsewhere.
If you live in a mobile home or manufactured home, you must seek shelter elsewhere for ALL tornadoes.
Personal pre-planning is the better solution! Being prepared lowers risk and anxiety. Having a personal plan and staying informed are the two critical elements for staying safe during a severe weather event.
Develop a plan, practice that plan, and make sure all family members are aware of the plan. If you must relocate, make this decision early. Verify the availability of the location and have a backup plan.
Staying informed is crucial. Use several different sources of severe weather information, such as:
For more information
Storm Shelter Registration
Click here to register your storm shelter with the City. This will help rescuers find you if your shelter is hidden by storm debris.
Individual Safe Room Rebate Program (updated 11/13/13)
Our application has been funded by FEMA, the kick-off meetings have been held, and the first 4 of 58 shelters have been completed.
We will continue to post updates to this page. Those with questions are always welcome to call us at 405-381-5900 during regular business hours or e-mail us at email@example.com.
We will be looking at starting a second round of this program later this year or early in 2014. Stay tuned to this website, our Facebook page, the City's monthly newsletter, and the Tuttle Times for announcements & info.
Wildfire Prevention & Safety
Wildfires are often caused by human activity. High winds and dry conditions can set the stage for potentially severe fires. The greatest single cause is when burning debris is not properly contained and sparks or burning trash blow into the air.
You can help prevent fires if you:
If a wildfire starts in your area:
As fires actually approach:
For more information about wildfire prevention & safety as well as fire advisements & fire weather conditions, visit these websites:
As we have seen recently, we are prone to earthquakes here in Central Oklahoma. There are steps we can take before, during & after an earthquake to help protect ourselves, our homes & our families.
Before an earthquake, it is important for individuals, families, organizations, and communities to identify their risk, make a plan, create a disaster kit, and remove, relocate, or secure anything that can:
During an earthquake, DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building. DO NOT RUN OUT OF THE BUILDING DURING THE SHAKING AS OBJECTS MAY BE FALLING OFF THE BUILDING AND CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES OR DEATH. For more information on what to do during an earthquake, visit What to Do During an Earthquake and www.shakeout.org.
After an earthquake, safely evacuate. Please note that aftershocks could happen. These additional shaking events can be strong enough to do additional damage to already weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the main earthquake. Have a professional engineer or local building official inspect the structural integrity of your home and/or building for potential damages. This should also include:
Am I inside the City limits?
It's important to know if you're inside the City or not for many reasons. Many City services, including those provided by Tuttle Emergency Management, are only provided to those within the City.
All County Street and County Road addresses are outside the City.
A Tuttle mailing address does not mean you are inside the City limits, it just means you get your mail service from the Tuttle Post Office.
If you can't tell from the map whether you're inside or outside the City, you are always welcome to call us at (405) 381-4467 to check.
If you're outside the City, please contact Grady County Emergency Management at (405) 222-2339.
Emergency Notification Service
With the CodeRED Emergency Notification System the City of Tuttle now has the ability to notify large numbers of residents about emergency situations in a matter of minutes. The system is available to all Tuttle residents free of charge.
The CodeRED system delivers pre-recorded emergency telephone messages to affected areas or the entire City. Examples of times when the service may be used include evacuations, water contamination or conservation, hazardous chemical spills, and other situations where rapid, widespread notification is essential. Messages may include instructions requiring immediate action on the part of the recipient.
To register or update your information, click the CodeRED logo below:
IMPORTANT: Use your physical street address in Tuttle. Do NOT use PO boxes or out-of-town addresses.
If you wish to opt-out of this system, or if you live outside the City and are getting messages in error, please call us at (405) 381-4467.
Are you ready?
The links in this section can help you prepare for a disaster before it happens.
On March 12, City Council adopted a revised ordinance for Flood Damage Prevention Regulations and providing for adoption of the new FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM's) that cover the City fo Tuttle. The new FIRM's went into effect April 3. For more info on how you may have been affected by this update, please click here.
To view the newly adopted Ordinance #2012-03, click here.
To download a Floodplain Development Permit Application, click here.
To view the current April 3, 2012 FIRM's, click here.
Other floodplain maps are available online at the FEMA Map Service Center.
FEMA Map specialists are available to answer questions about the new maps. They can be reached by phone and online chat:
For more information on estimated rates for flood insurance, flood facts and to locate an agent in your area, visit www.FloodSmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531.
Most floodplain questions can be answered at FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) website or FloodSmart.gov -The Official Home of the NFIP.
What is Emergency Management?
Emergency management is how we come together as a community to minimize the impact that various emergencies have on our communities. You can think of it as a big circle that takes you through stages that we call mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Emergency Management brings together many resources and puts them together in a flexible and scalable manner to best address the wide range of hazards we can experience.
Grants, Donations & Disaster Reimbursements
Emergency Management has also been handling grants for the past several years, bringing over $4 million into the City to fund various projects such as street resurfacing, sewer rehabilitation, and the community safe room that has been built into the new City Hall facility. We also work towards earning donations, and each time a Federal disaster is declared, we apply for reimbursement for the costs of response and recovery. To see a list of grants, donations, and reimbursements we have been awarded as of August 2012, please click here.
What else does Tuttle Emergency Management do?
Emergency Management is also responsible administering the City's IT infrastructure... computers, networks, telephones, radios,etc. This includes everything from repairing equipment to managing large projects, such as the build-out of the City's new Public-Safety Radio System. Emergency Management also supervises the City's 911 call center.
Our mission is to protect our community by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.
Tuttle Emergency Management
PO Box 10
221 W Main Street
Tuttle, Oklahoma 73089
Phone: (405) 381-5900
Fax: (405) 381-5901
Sean Douglas, Director
Office Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM, M-F