Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management Director, Mike Honigsberg, has implemented emergency plans and is getting the community involved. Honigsberg recognizes how quickly the weather can change when circumstances are just right.
Garfield County has two teams to chase storms to track severe weather. 200 additional people in the county are trained storm spotters that live and work throughout the county. The chasers and spotters are vital because they can see what radar cannot.
Four storm sirens will also be placed this year throughout the counties. Four more will be placed when the funds become available. The sirens will alert residents of severe storms in the area. However, people are warned to not wait for a siren to sound to be alerted to server weather. Use common sense and proper safety precautions.
ViaRadio systems will also be put into place where one in the area can be alerted to NOAA and weather alerts and safety instructions.
Those who have a safe location to stay and are willing to share their space are encouraged to register their shelter location. This information will be entered into a database that can be accessed online and by emergency responders.
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