OKLAHOMA CITY – While residents across the state are encouraged to remain aware of the weather, a few school districts say they are not taking any chances.
The National Weather Service announced that a tornado outbreak is possible for Thursday across parts of Oklahoma. Severe weather and large hail could accompany storms that form over the western portions of the state.
On Thursday morning, Deer Creek Public Schools and Oklahoma City Public Schools announced that all evening classes and activities have been canceled in light of the expected storms.
That list is growing. Mid-Del, Edmond, El Reno and Moore Public Schools have also canceled evening activities.
“We continue to watch the weather and receive updates. At this time, we are canceling all night-time activities. May is a busy time of year and many of our students are on field trips. All local field trips are scheduled to return to campuses no later than 1:30pm. Special Olympic athletes are also returning from Stillwater this afternoon. Dismissal and after-care decisions will be made after the next National Weather Service Update (around 2 p.m.) Feel free to check your student out as we know severe weather can bring concern. Weather related absences will be excused. The safety of our students, staff, and the community will continue to guide our decisions,” a note to parents from Moore Public Schools read.
Also, Hinton Public Schools announced that it is closing at 1 p.m.
Experts say you should have a safety plan in place for you and your family before the storms hit.
Here are some preparation tips:
- Designate a place to go if necessary when a tornado watch or warning is issued
- Designate a meeting place for friends or family if you are separated after a tornado strikes
- Have insurance policy numbers and your agent’s contact information
- Have key telephone numbers for your utility providers, including gas, water and electricity
- Make sure to have your cell phone fully charged before a storm or make sure you have an alternative power source available
- Have a battery operated or hand-crank radio or TV
- Make sure you download the KFOR and 4WarnMe Apps on your smartphone. Live streaming is available to keep your family safe along with live radar