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Oklahoma Severe Weather: A List Of Public Shelters In The Metro

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Public shelters are designed for people already out and don't have a place to seek shelter. It's never a good idea to leave your home, get in a car and drive to a shelter.

4/13/2012 Related Story: News 9 Weather Team: Get Ready For Tornadoes, Hail, Damaging Winds

The safest place during a tornado warning is in an underground shelter or safe room, or in the interior of your home, away from windows.

Have a plan for your family before weather strikes. Know a neighbor with a storm shelter you can go to if tornado sirens sound.

Most city officials tell News 9 the shelters do not allow pets. They also have a limited number of people that could be in the shelter, so you could be turned away if the shelter is full.

There are no public shelters in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Moore or any turnpikes.

Check the News 9 Weather Page

Here is a list of metro public shelters you can go to during severe weather:

Midwest City:

Reed Center - 5800 Will Rogers (off I-40 and Sooner Rd)

City Hall - 100 N. Midwest Blvd.

Fire Station #5 - 801 S. Westminster

Warr Acres:

Outside City Hall - 5930 NW 49th

Cherokee Hills Park - NW 66th & Cherokee Dr.

Grandma's Park - NW 40th west of MacArthur

Del City:

City Hall, 371 S.E. 15th Street (1/4 mile west of Sunnylane)

Forest Park:

Fire Station, 4203 N. Coltrane Road

Bethany:

Earl Harris Elementary - 4311 N. Asbury

Deaconess at Bethany - 7600 NW 23rd

Shawnee:

Shawnee City Hall - 16 W. Ninth

Shawnee Fire Station No. 3 - 306 E. MacArthur St.

Norman:

Irving Recreation Center - 1920 E. Alameda

Whittier Recreation Center - 2000 W. Brooks

Cleveland Elementary School - 500 N. Sherry

Little Axe High School - 168th Avenue N.E.

Norman does NOT own or operate any facilities that have been designed, engineered, and built to standards for withstanding thunderstorm winds. You are likely as safe in your normally constructed home as you would be in any of the above buildings.

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