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Altus Public has no public storm shelter and an unreliable warning system

ALTUS, OK (KSWO)- The City of Altus does not maintain public storm shelters and the sirens are not an effective warning system.

The City of Altus outdoor storm sirens are currently unreliable as a notification source for severe weather including tornadoes.  City officials suggest constructing a personal storm shelter, develop a severe weather plan, and stay informed about weather conditions.

If underground shelter is not available, shelter in place.  Go to the lowest level possible, put as many walls as you can between yourself the outdoors, and protect your head and body from injuries using blankets, pillows, coats; anything that will provide padding.  Individuals living in manufactured housing or mobile homes should ALWAYS seek shelter elsewhere.

The City of Altus Alert system is available at the City website, http://www.altusok.gov/194/Citizen-Notification-System. Other suggestions for staying informed include local television and radio stations, weather apps, and a NOAA radio with SAME.

For more information, visit http://www.altusok.gov/158/Emergency-Management or contact Altus Emergency Management Director, Lloyd Colston at (580) 481-2260 or lcolston@altusok.gov.

Information provided by the City of Altus. 

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