Storm Shelter Rules
- All users of the facility must sign in and abide by all shelter rules.
- No smoking and/or use of vapor devices, or other tobacco products.
- No beer or alcohol of any kind
- No pets
- No profanity
- No weapons
- No illicit drugs or illegal substances of any kind
- Children must have adult supervision.
- Each person will be responsible for keeping shelter clean.
- Noise should be kept to a minimum.
- Once inside shelter you must remain there until shelter manager says it is safe to return home. Entering and exiting the shelter will not be allowed.
- Each occupant is only allowed one small bag.
- People in the shelter are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not interfere or cause problems for the other occupants.
- Any problems inside the shelter should be reported to the shelter manager immediately.
- All occupants will obey shelter manager’s instructions while inside shelter. Anyone not complying with orders may be expelled or arrested.
Storm Shelter Notes
Due to the dedication of its patrons on the April 7, 2015 Bond Issue, the Oologah-Talala School District is providing community storm shelters to protect area residents during tornado outbreaks, working in cooperation with the area's emergency services.
The storm shelters will be available and open to the public after school class dismissal on school days, full-time on weekends and school holidays and vacations, and during after-school athletic or activity events.
The storm shelters will be opened any time the school district is under a TORNADO WARNING or an adjoining county is under a tornado warning if a recognized path-calculated by television radar system projects the storm to hit the Oologah or Talala areas.
OTEMS ambulance, the Northwest Rogers County Fire Protection District and Oologah Police Department will ensure the shelter is opened when needed and emergency services are available consistent with the other needs created by such storms.
Recognized storm radars are those used by KJRH-TV2, Newson6 (KOTV-TV6), KTUL-TV8, and KOKI-TV23 (Fox 23) and their affiliates which use their radar path-calculation systems.
Residents should respond to the shelter immediately upon such a projection, as being caught in a car on the road when a tornado hits is extremely dangerous and the time to seek shelter is before the storm actually reaches the Oologah-Talala area.
Cars need to be parked in the marked parking areas only so access is granted to fire or emergency vehicles.
Shelters are equipped with battery backups and can provide enough electricity to ensure proper lighting for multiple hours in cases of power utility disruption.
Access to power for charging of electronic devices or other equipment requiring electricity is not provided.
Restroom facilities and drinking water are available, and most cell phones should be able to at least send and receive text messages within the shelter despite the reinforced construction, which is designed to withstand an EF-5 tornado.
Hand-held two-way radio transmission or reception will range from low-grade to impossible, and Wi-Fi or hard-wired computer hookups are NOT available.