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Flooding Safety

Friday, 15 November, 2019

Roadway floodingFlooding




Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters - except fire. Floods can be slow or fast rising and generally develop over a period of days.

Flash floods usually result from intense storms dropping large amounts of rain within a brief period. Flash floods occur with little or no warning and can reach full peak in only a few minutes.

In the United States, an average of 100 people lose their lives in floods annually, with flood damage averaging more than $2 billion. The Midwest's "Great Flood of 1993" cost 48 lives and more than $12 billion. Flash floods are the #1 weather-related killer in the United States.

Flood Safety

Before the flood:

•Find out if you live in a flood-prone area.

•Plan and practice an evacuation route.

•Have disaster supplies on hand.

•Develop an emergency communications plan.

•Learn about the National Flood Insurance Program.

During the flood:

•Stay informed. Turn on a battery-operated radio or television to get the latest emergency information. Turn Around Dont Drown.gif

•If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

•Avoid walking through floodwater. Water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet if it is moving swiftly.

•Do not drive into a flooded street. Cars can be swept away by two feet of moving water or there may be unseen damage to the road. If you come to a flooded area turn around and go another way. Most flood-related deaths are caused by people driving through water.

•Watch out for fire hazards.





After the flood:

•Take care of yourself first.

•Dry out your home.

•Restore the utilities.

•Clean up.

•Rebuild and flood proof.

•Prepare for the next flood.


Protect yourself from the next flood with flood insurance, a flood response plan and community flood protection programs.


For more information:

•American Red Cross information on flood and flash flood safety.

•Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association promotes sound floodplain management practices and the natural and cultural benefits of the floodplain.

•Are you ready? has terms and tips for what to do before, during and after a flood.

•National Flood Insurance Program, has information about the NFIP program.

•Floods...The Awesome Power


Tornado Safety

Friday, 15 November, 2019

Tornado in OklahomaTornadoes


The tornado is the most violent storm on Earth. A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air extending to the ground from a thunderstorm cloud. The path width of a tornado is usually very narrow, but can range up to a half-mile or more in the most extreme cases. Tornadoes usually only last a few minutes, but a few can last for much longer, traveling along the ground for several miles. Tornadoes can remain almost stationary, or can race across the countryside at speeds over 50 mph. Violent winds in and near the tornado can cause incredible destruction, and can generate flying debris, which is the main thing that hurts people in tornadoes.

Tornado Safety

Keeping informed about the weather is the best way to avoid being caught in a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Your local National Weather Service Forecast Office provides information about dangerous weather in your area, and you should keep a close eye on this information whenever storms threaten your area. A battery operated NOAA Weather Radio with a warning alarm feature should be a part of your information system!

It’s also critical that you think about tornado safety long before there’s a storm on the horizon, and plan what you will do to stay safe no matter where you may be when storms threaten.

When a severe storm or tornado threatens, remember these basic guidelines:

GET IN - get as far inside a strong building as you can, away from doors and windows

GET DOWN - get to the lowest floor

COVER UP - use whatever you can to protect yourself from flying or falling debris

•A reinforced underground storm shelter, storm cellar, enclosed basement or safe room are usually the safest places in a tornado. Underground shelters get you out of the way of flying and falling debris, which is a tornado’s most lethal weapon.

•If you cannot get underground, remember the basic guidelines. Get as far inside the strongest building you can find. Stay away from doors, windows and other openings to the outside. Put as many walls between you and the outside as you can.

•Get as low as you can. Go to the lowest floor of the building you’re in.

•Cover up to protect yourself from flying and falling debris. Use whatever you can find - pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, mattresses. Wearing a helmet or hardhat will help protect your head from debris.

•Being outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle are all unsafe in a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Find stronger shelter before the storm arrives and remember to get in, get down and cover up.



More information

•Tornado Project Online has a wealth of tornado information as well as with tornado myths, tornado oddities, personal experiences, tornado chasing and tornado safety.

•FEMA Are You Ready? has terms and tips for what to do before and during a tornado and preparing a safe room.

•American Red Cross: Tornado suggests how to prepare a home tornado plan, assemble a disaster supplies kit and what to do before, during and after a tornado.

•Historical information on Oklahoma tornadoes.

•Frequently Asked Questions about Tornadoes.

•FEMA tornado site for kids.

•Preparing a Safe Room has guidelines and instructions for building a safe room.


Download Forms

Monday, 24 September, 2018

pdfSafe_Room_Registration.pdfHere you can find download links for useful forms and documents. NOTE: To download any of the files below, simply right click on them and select "Save File As"

Application for Pipeline Road Crossing Permit:


Flood Plains Permit:

Residential Application:
docxDownload Document

Oil & Gas/Commercial Application:


pdfFloodplain Permit

Registering Your Storm Shelter

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

shelterIn the event of a severe weather disaster, pre-registration of your storm shelter enables rescue personnel to locate your shelter more efficiently. The information you provide will be mapped on Google Earth and used to locate your shelter so that rescue personnel can check on your well-being and secure your safety in the event that your shelter's exit should become blocked by fallen debris.  

Storm Shelters

Friday, 15 November, 2019

PhotoTornadoDamage1We continually strive to raise public awareness on severe weather safety and emergency preparedness. Thank you for being proactive and taking the initiative to determine a plan.  
Over the past several years, the majority of fatalities suffered due to severe storms, have been the result of people leaving their homes to seek shelter elsewhere. We encourage the public to "shelter in place" during severe weather...

Services - Emergency Management

Wednesday, 1 April, 2020

This program has been developed to provide a comprehensive emergency management process for Duncan and Stephens County. It seeks to mitigate the effects of hazards, prepare for measures to be taken which will preserve life and minimize damage, enhance response during emergencies and provide necessary assistance, and establish a recovery system in order to return the county to it's normal state of affairs.

CERT - Stephens County Emergency Management.

C.E.R.T.(Community Emergency Response Team)

The CERT Program was created to spearhead the effort to harness the power of every individual through training, education, and volunteer service to make a community safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to disasters.


LEPC - Stephens County Emergency Management

LEPC(Local Emergency Planning Committee)

Novermber 2019

Materials Response Plan, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and/or any chemical inventory lists, and follow-up emergency planning notices are available for public review at Stephens County Courthouse in room 107, consistent with Section 322 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986. The public may view these documents at the LEPC office during normal office hours from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. If unavailable or if it's after office hours contact 911. 

Public Request for Information. Any person or institution may submit a written request for inormation under Section 311, 312, and 324 of the Emergency Planing and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 and the LEPC Manual. The LEPC Chairman shall serve as Coordinator of Information. Written request for Tier II inventory information may also be submitted to the LEPC. The LEPC shall provide the information from its files or when necesary, obtain the information from the company concerned. 

The location of specific chemicals identified on the Tier II reports may be withheld upon request of the facility owner or operator. All requests for and release of infromation will be reviewed by the Coordinator of Information, should such information be limited because of Homeland Security. 

Public Comment. Public comment concerning Hazardous Materials Response Plan or LEPC activities in general are welcomed. The hazardous Materials Response Plan will be open to discussion at every LEPC meeting. Comments or question directed to the LEPC will be answered as soon as possible, but not later than 45 working days, by the coordinator of Information. 

Distribution of the Hazardous Materials Response Plan. Routine distribution of the Plan will be available for public review in the LEPC office during normal office hours, or at the office of the Stephens County Information Coordinator and found within the Stephens County Emergency Operations Plan. 




Emergency Kit

Wednesday, 1 April, 2020

emergency smallOne of the most important ways to prepare for an emergency is to create a personal, 72-hour emergency kit. This kit should be customized to you and your family’s personal needs, and should contain supplies that will carry you for 3 full days. Your kit should be checked and updated every 6 months. Expired food should be replaced, as well as dead batteries, damaged items, clothing that no longer fits, etc. Your kit should be stored in a cool, dry place, in a waterproof container.

The seven types of recommended items for your kit include:


  • One gallon of water per person per day is the minimum needed (pregnant/nursing mothers will need more).
  • Store-bought bottled water can stay drinkable for up to 6 months. After 6 months, it should be rotated out.
  • Water can be stored in old bleach bottles, but rotated every 7-9 months. The residue left from the bleach is enough to disinfect the water, so don’t wash out the bottles.

To Purify Water

  • Boil for 10 minutes. After cooling, pour back-and-forth in containers to aerate, which will improve flavor.
  • To chlorinate water, add 4 drops of bleach (it should contain 5.25% Sodium Hypochlorite), mix and then let stand for 30 minutes. You should be able to smell/taste chlorine.

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Food suggestions include: granola, canned soup, jerky, trail mix, cereal, crackers, juice and canned food such as tuna, fruit cocktail, etc. Although this is an emergency kit, and should not contain unneeded items, it’s a good idea to pack some “comfort” foods.

  • Foodstuffs should be non-perishable, high in protein, not past or near the expiration date and require little-to-no preparation. The simpler, the better.
  • Remember to pack appropriate food for someone who has a special diet (infants, young children, seniors, etc.).
  • Don’t forget about pet supplies and a can opener!

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First Aid

When buying or putting together a first aid kit, it’s important to remember how many people you will be staying with, as this will determine your needs.

  • A basic kit typically includes: gauze pads, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, gloves (watch out for latex allergies), Bactine or other disinfectant, tweezers, scissors and instant cold packs.
  • Recommended items to add to your kit include: non-prescription drugs (ibuprofen, aspirin, antacid, cough syrup, etc.), prescription medicines, thermometer, needle and thread, hydrocortisone cream, eye drops and safety pins.

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At a minimum, everyone should have a complete change of clothing and footwear.
In addition, the following is recommended:

  • Long/short sleeve shirts, pants, socks, jacket, etc.
  • Rain gear
  • Hat/gloves/scarf (depending on season)
  • Undergarments
  • Extra blankets/sleeping bags
  • Cloth sheet
  • Plastic sheet

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Family Supplies and Tools

Below is just a brief sample of what you may want to include:

  • Waterproof matches
  • Flares
  • 2-plate gas burner and gas
  • Frying pan
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • NOAA radio
  • Small axe
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic bags w/ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Whistle

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Personal Items

Personal items provide a sense of comfort and well-being, and will maintain morale in a time of emergency. Other items, such as prescription medicine and hygiene products, will help keep illness at bay.

  • Prescription medicine
  • Soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Shaving items and mirror
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Shampoo
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Diapers/other infant needs
  • Stress management items (books, board games, personal electronics, etc.)

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Documents and Money

Everything should be stored in a watertight container:

  • Drivers' License
  • Passport
  • Will
  • Insurance policies
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Change for pay phone

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Special note about preparedness for pandemic influenza:

Pandemic influenza (flu) occurs when a flu virus changes to a form that spreads and kills more quickly than a normal, seasonal flu outbreak. Because so many people may be sick during a flu pandemic, normal supplies and services may be difficult to obtain. The MIT Influenza Information website is a good resource for information about staying healthy during a normal flu season as well as the Institute’s response plan in the event of an influenza pandemic.

Information Provided by MIT

Floodplains Information

Friday, 15 November, 2019

Floodplains Info

The flood hazard areas of Stephens County, Oklahoma are subject to periodic inundation, which results in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, and extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety, and general welfare.

It is the purpose of this program to promote public health, safety and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions. 

All construction activity in FEMA designated floodplains MUST be an approved permitted activity. Applications are available in the forms section of this web page. 

Stephens County Floodplains:

Stephens County Floodplains

Emergency Management

Friday, 15 November, 2019

Stephens County Emergency Management Stephens County Emergency Management strives to protect the lives and property of all the citizens of Stephens County.


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Gary D. Curtis  
Emergency Management Director
101 S 11th St Rm 108
Duncan, Ok 73533
Phone: 1 580 255 3411
Cell Phone: 580.656.0075
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Stephens County

Welcome to the official website of Stephens County Oklahoma. The Purpose of this site is to help connect the people of Stephens County with participating government offices as well as other local information. Please let us know if you have any questions.