From the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety – current road conditions as of 6:40 pm (they will continue to deteriorate through out the night):
TROOP B- Freezing rain/snow is falling in all areas of Tulsa, Creek, Okmulgee and Rogers counties. Roadways are slick and hazardous. Travel is discouraged at this time. KES 1840 hrs 12/05/13
You can continue to check the road conditions here: http://www.dps.state.ok.us/cgi-bin/weathermap.cgi
The Storm Safe Place Registry is a program initiated by the Keystone Neighborhood Watch. The purpose of the Storm Safe Place Registry is to assist emergency agencies in providing aid to victims of severe weather. The registry will be a valuable tool for emergency agencies in locating and assisting residents that may have been trapped in their Safe Place by tornado debris.
The registry consists of a list of storm safe places and valuable information for each location such as contact information, shelter address, shelter type, and where on the property the shelter is located. The shelter addresses will be used to map all storm safe place locations. In the event of a natural disaster, address lists and address maps of affected areas can be distributed to emergency responders so that those in need of assistance can be quickly located. Your storm shelter information will not be shared or distributed for any reason other than to aid emergency responders. The only exception will be if you check the box indicating you would like to notify your neighbors that they are welcome in your shelter during a storm.
You do not need to be a member of Keystone Neighborhood Watch in order to register your Storm Safe Place. However, we encourage you to consider becoming a member in order to receive information on changing conditions within our community. If interested in signing up for membership, please fill out the Membership Form. Membership is free.
Register your Storm Safe Place.
As a public service, Keystone Neighborhood Watch offers our members the opportunity to sign up for Text Alert Messages. You can choose between receiving general text messages (such as Suspicious Vehicle in Area Reports, Burglary Reports, KVFD updates, etc.) and/or Emergency Text Alerts (Tornado Warning, Wildfire Evacuations, Burglary in Progress, Road Closings due to Motor Vehicle Accidents or other possible life threatening emergencies).
In order to receive these services, you must be a member of Keystone Neighborhood Watch to receive text alerts. If not already a member or need to update your information, please fill out our Membership Form. All membership is free and we provide these services free of charge to the community as a courtesy (Your cell provider may charge for text messages if they are not part of your cell service plan.) During high times of cellular use, some text alerts may not be delivered properly. We are not responsible for undelivered texts. Please remember to always check the weather and our KNW Member’s Facebook Page for updates of current conditions.
Follow the link below to sign up for the text alerts. (You will receive a test text when I get you added).
Sign Up for Text Alerts
As you know in rural areas there are no early warning sirens to alert us to severe weather. A good way to protect yourself during severe weather is Weather Call. This service has the ability to call you in the event of a tornado, severe thunder storms or flash flooding (you can choose which alerts you receive). The warnings are specific to the address you provide, so you won’t receive calls about a tornado in other areas of the county. There is also a mobile weather call that monitors your current location and will alert you about severe weather and/or lightening strikes. Storm Tracker websites as well as Weather Radio Apps are also helpful in keeping you informed and safe. Below is information on all of the tools, followed by precautions to take in the event of a Tornado Warning.
Weather Call @ Home:
You can sign up for weather call from KTUL. They can call/email as well as text up to three phone numbers or email addresses for any address in the nation. It costs $9.95 a year. You can sign up at the following link: http://www.wcsyslp.com/ktul/athome.
Weather Call To Go:
You can sign up for weather call to go from KTUL. It is a web based program designed for Apple or Android smart phones that monitors your safety. You activate the program during a threat of severe weather and your phone will send its location once a minute to weather call. It costs $11.95 a year. For you fisherman, farmers and golfers, you can get real-time lightening strike alerts for $11.95 a year or bundle both the Weather Call To Go with the Lightening Strike Alert for $17.95 a year. You can sign up at the following link: http://www.wcsyslp.com/ktul/togo.
You may also keep abreast of the storms by viewing Storm Trackers. This website gives you a radar of the storms along with the location of all the storm trackers. Click on one of the cars to see their live streaming video of the storms. You can ride along with professional storm chasers from the safety of your computer in real time. You can watch for free at http://www.chasertv.com/ or if you have difficulty loading during high traffic times, you can watch for free at http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/storm-chasers/live-tracker/live-tracker.html
You can also download Weather Radio
apps to your smart phone.
- iMap Weather Radio is available for both iPhone and Android phone users. It turns your smart phone into an emergency weather radio. Get storm-based alerts for tornado, flood, thunderstorm and other life-threatening weather. It is $9.99 from your app store.
- StormShield by E.W. Scripps Company is available for both iPhone and Android smart phones. It turns your smart phone into an emergency weather radio. Get storm-based alerts for tornado, flood, thunderstorm and other life-threatening weather. It is $4.99 from your app store. (If you have a jailbroke iPhone, this app may not function properly.)
- Simple Weather Alert is a FREE app for Android phone users. It monitors the NWS for your area and will alert you when their is severe weather headed your way. You can set it to flash lights, and ring bells when a tornado warning is issued for your area. You can download it from your app store.
- NOAA Weather Alert Lite is a FREE app available for iPhone users, however it does NOT send out emergency alerts. You have to upgrade to their full paid version NOAA Weather Alert Plus for $4.99 to receive severe weather alerts. Warning: It is not as reliable and good a system as iMap Weather Radio.
- Tornado by American Red Cross
This FREE app works on all forms of smart phones, and ipads, etc. It is available in English and Spanish. It uses a loud alarm when it makes tornado notifications. You can download it from your app store. More info on it here: http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/New-Tornado-App-Brings-Safety-Information-to-Mobile-Devices
- Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;
- Enhanced weather maps and information provided by Weather Underground, a digital brand of The Weather Company;
- One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;
- Simple steps and checklists people can use to create an emergency plan and share it with household members;
- Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
- Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm;
- Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
In case of a Tornado
Precautions you can take:
Place gallons of water, medicine, non-perishable food (food for pets too), flashlights, radio and extra batteries in your shelter/closet/bathroom…wherever you go to escape the storm. Wear bike helmets, batting helmets etc. to protect your head. Cover yourself with a mattress if possible. Charge your phones and turn your GPS locator on if you have one. Tell at least three people where your safe place is so they will know where to look for you. Register your storm shelter with your local law enforcement and/or your fire department…this will give them a location to begin looking for you and your family if there is debris.
- Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level.
- If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
- Put on sturdy shoes.
- Put on a helmet (motorcycle, bicycle) to protect your head and goggles if you have them.
- Cover yourself with a mattress.
- Do not open windows.
- If in Tulsa in a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
- If in a mobile home, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
- Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
- Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
More safety tips:
Keystone Neighborhood Watch now has a way to report suspicious activity or make a tip online by filling out the suspicious activity report.
As always, you can call in any reports to 918-246-6644.
(If it is suspicious activity in progress, please call that in to us at 918-246-6644 for more immediate attention. If you suspect a burglary in progress, call it into the sheriff TCSO 918-596-9222 or CCSO 918-224-4964 and then to KNW.)
Find Keystone Neighborhood Watch on Facebook. We have a member’s only Facebook page where you can get the latest news and events within the community.
Our Facebook page is where we post breaking news, such as activity within the area, burglaries in progress, current fire related conditions such as burn bans, etc. This page also allows members to communicate with other members about issues within the neighborhood.
You must be a member of the Keystone Neighborhood Watch and have a Facebook account to access the member’s only page. To become a member of KNW, please fill out our Membership Form. To be added to the Facebook page, go to KNW Facebook and ask to be added to the group.
Welcome to our website! We are currently under construction this week, but have the membership sign-up form up and ready to go. Simply run your mouse over Membership & Reports in the navigation bar and click on Membership form when it appears. Fill out the form and hit submit. Please include any additional emails and phone numbers of people within the home that you would like to receive information as well as add any emergency contacts under the Additional Phone Numbers & Emails section. Check back late next week and we will have additional content up. Thanks for your patience as we expand into our new website.