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Government Documents: Weather

information and resource guides from Government Documents Department

Weather forecasts

Weather facts, data & statistics

Weather preparedness

Extreme weather is unpredictable. Don't be caught off guard, plan accordingly for any possible hazardous weather or weather related disaster.

Create an Emergency Plan

  • Have a family or household meeting to discuss plans for any possible emergency -- tornado, fire, flood, etc
  • Decide how your family will respond to the differed disasters
  • Plan escape routes and determine safe places in and outside the house
  • Discuss how to handle medical emergencies
  • Keep family records in a fire and water-proof safe
  • Keep important contact information on-hand

Additional tips for creating an emergency plan can be found at, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, & the American Red Cross.

Build a Disaster Supply Kit

Prepare your kit well in advance of any potential disaster and adjust the kit to seasonal threats such as cold, tornadoes or floods. Build a kit that will last your family at least 72-hours. Here are a few things to consider putting in your disaster supply kit:

  • Water -- at least one gallon per person per day for a minimum of three days
  • Food -- at least a three day supply of non-perishable items
  • Radio & a NOAA weather radio -- either battery powered or hand crank and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Can opener
  • Wrench or pliers

Additional supplies to consider can be found at Kits can also be purchased from stores or organizations such as the Red Cross.

Plan for specific disasters


Know the Terms

  • Tornado Watch -- Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to a weather radio, commercial radio, or television for alerts or news.
  • Tornado Warning -- A tornado has been spotted or indicated by a weather radar. Take cover immediately.

Links to tornado specific planning and resources

Extreme Heat

Links to Heat related resources


Links to flood related resources


Drop -- Cover -- & Hold On! Links to earthquake related resources

Additional resources for natural disasters, terrorist attacks, technological disasters, or other safety concerns

These organization websites provide a wealth of information to help you, your family, or your business plan for most natural and man-made disasters