Churches creating safety plan for tornadoes on Supercell Sunday

Posted on: 12:36 pm, August 6, 2013, by and , updated on: 12:59pm, August 6, 2013

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Oklahomans are anything but strangers to severe weather.

Now the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross are working together to make sure all Oklahomans are prepared, no matter where they are, when severe weather strikes.

They are focusing efforts on houses of worship with “Supercell Sunday.”

OKOHS outreach coordinator Wendi Marcy said, “Most of these facilities have plans in place for fire evacuations or medical emergencies in the building but few have taken the time to really sit down and discuss what they would do should they find themselves in a tornado warning with a building full of people.”

“Supercell Sunday” is designed to help worship leaders and staff to create a tornado plan for their facilities.

Officials will help the churches create a severe weather plan specifically designed for their location.

After a plan is in place, these agencies strongly suggest the places of worship to designate one Sunday to test their emergency plans.

Marcy said “Supercell Sunday” is the first of two in this initiative.

“Twister Tuesday” will focus on businesses later this year.