Storm Siren Notification System
There are currently eight active sirens that make up the storm siren notification system. The storm sirens are located in the following areas:
- Sioux Street and 18th Street
- Highway 88 and Ridge Avenue (by the water tower)
- 104 S Muskogee at City Hall
- Frederick Road and Highway 66
- Highway 20 and Westside School
- Golf Course Club House (this is an older mechanical siren not on the map)
- Heritage Drive and Blue Starr (installed February 2012 and not on the map)
- 901 S Faith Lane (installed February 2012 and not on the map).
If the siren near your home is not at one of these locations, it may be a part of the old, inactive system. Claremore’s storm sirens will only be sounded during tornado warnings when indicated by the National Weather Service or for tornados reported from other credible sources, in addition to scheduled testing and maintenance. Storm sirens are intended for outdoor notification only.
At noon on the first Wednesday of each month, the storm siren notification system will be fully activated to test the system. The storm sirens will not be tested in overcast conditions. If it is overcast on the test date, the sirens will be tested at noon on the next day that is not overcast.
Preparing for a tornado
- Be alert to changing weather conditions.
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
- Look for approaching storms
- Look for the following danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark low-lying cloud (particular if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to freight train
If you see approaching storms or any danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately
Sign up for the Rogers County Emergency Alert System
Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
What to Do During a Tornado
If you are under at tornado WARNING, seek shelter immediately:
- If you are in a structure, go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and exterior walls. Use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows.
- If you are in a vehicle, trailer or mobile home, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
- If outside with no shelter, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safest in a low, flat location.
- Never try to outrun a tornado in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
- Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.
The County’s Emergency Management Office is located in the Rogers County Courthouse. For more information, visit the Rogers County Emergency Management website.