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Storm shelter registration begins on Wednesday

Lawton_Storm season is fast approaching, and if you have a storm shelter, Comanche County officials say it's important to register it.  The shelters are constructed to protect you and your loved ones during a storm, but they also come with hidden dangers.  "In case of a disaster or flooding that we can go and check the shelter if no one has heard from them, and hopefully prevent loss of life," said Comanche County Chief of Emergency Management Clint Wagstaff.

Beginning Wednesday, February 4, 211 will take calls to register shelters.  Representatives there only need your name, address, phone number, the number of members of your household, and a few other pieces of information.  "We need to know if there are any physical disabilities or mental disabilities, if there is medical equipment that would be used, and we need to know the exact location of the storm shelter," said 211 Coordinator Edwina Reddick.

While it may seem as if Emergency Management and 211 need a lot of information, they only want to be sure they are sending the right people to search a shelter if it ever comes to that.  If you called last year to register your shelter, you do not need to call again unless you have moved.  The information you provide is confidential and only will be shared with Comanche County Emergency Management, police, and fire departments.

To register your shelter, call 211 or 580-355-7575.  They will begin taking calls Monday-Friday between 8AM and 5PM.
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