The Del City Fire Department is responsible for the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Del City. Fire Chief Brandon Pursell serves as the City’s Emergency Management Director. The City’s Emergency Operations Center is located at Central Fire Station and serves as the City’s coordination center during incidents. A dedicated communications room has capabilities including the OKWIN 800MHz system, the Oklahoma City 800MHz system, the Midwest City 800MHz Conventional System, Tinker AFB Digital System, VHF, and UHF radio systems for interoperable communications as well as video conferencing capabilities. The Del City EOC has direct communications with the National Weather Service-Norman Forecast Office to always stay on top of Central Oklahoma’s weather. With our Local, County, State and Federal Partners, we work to minimize the effect of natural and manmade disasters to our community by Preparing For, Responding To, Recovering From and Mitigating disasters. We recommend all residents to be aware of the always-changing Oklahoma weather. BE INFORMED: have several methods to receive weather information and warnings. HAVE A PLAN: have a safe location in your home, work or school to protect you in case a tornado warning is issued. PREPARE A SAFETY/SURVIVAL KIT: have a “go bag” full of essentials in case of an evacuation or power outage. See our links for additional information and resources.
The Del City Office of Emergency Management maintains 8 Outdoor Warning Sirens strategically located throughout Del City. A responsibility of Emergency Management is to warn the public of approaching or existing hazardous conditions, which require immediate protective actions in order to save lives and reduce injuries. Outdoor Warning Systems (OWS) are but one method to warn the public. Outdoor Warning Systems are designed to alert citizens who are outside or outdoors; they are not designed to penetrate buildings and warn those inside structures. Citizens should not mistakenly wait to hear a siren as their only source of warning information. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All-Hazards Radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology is a good method of receiving warning messages indoors. Del City, along with other Central Oklahoma communities, tests their OWS at noon on Saturdays, weather permitting, with no potential for severe weather. A map of the outdoor warning sirens are located below.
StormReady, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, helps arm America’s communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property–before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives. Del City was recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady community in 2010.