Tornado Information

    Difference between Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning

Tornado Watch
Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
Tornado Warning
A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.

What to Do

Tornado Warning:

Signal in Lawton, Oklahoma is a 3-minute siren blast.
KCCU Radio (89.3 or 102.7) and KSWO-TV (Channel 7) will simulcast.
Monitor the TV or Listen to the radio.
Meaning - A tornado has been sighted or is developing in the immediate area.
Action - Seek shelter immediately! Listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.


Storm Cellar, Basement, Center of house in closet under table, bed or mattress. NEVER stay in a mobile home; seek other shelter!

Lie flat in a ditch or culvert (watch for flooding).

During a Tornado Watch:

Monitor KSWO TV.
Watch the sky.
Listen to KCCU 89.3 or 102.7.
Listen for siren.
Have a flash light, portable radio and blankets handy.
DO NOT CALL 911 unless it is an emergency.
No all clear siren will sound.



Storm Protection Areas in Lawton:

There are no Public Storm Shelters within the city limits. Please take the proper precautions mentioned above in case of severe weather.


Personal Storm Shelter Registration:

Register your personal Storm Shelter or Safe Room with Emergency Management by calling (580) 355-0535 from 7 am to 12 pm or 1 pm to 5 pm.