Tornado Information

    Difference between Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning

Tornado Watch
Issued to alert people to the possibility of tornado development in your area.
Tornado Warning
Issued when a tornado has actually been sighted or is indicated by radar.

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!


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.