Sand Springs, area cities encourage residents to register storm shelters prior to severe weather

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - With Green Country facing the possibility of its first real bout with severe weather of the season this weekend, cities like Sand Springs are reminding their residents to register their storm shelters with the city.

Shelter registration for Sand Springs began last year, but the city's director of emergency management, Greg Fisher, expects registration to pick up this season now that the service is available on the city's website in a brand new format.

"This gives our first responders and police, police department a chance to be able to locate these shelters," Fisher said.

In the event that trees or a person's house falls on top of their storm shelter, Fisher says this will ensure that police, fire and other first responders are able to locate the shelter and the people inside.

Ninety-five of the city's residents have taken advantage of the program, including Oakley and Francis Cabioc.

The Cabiocs, who've had their shelter nearly 55 years, say this is the first opportunity to sign up for such a service.

"In Oklahoma, you never know when it's going to come up. It may surprise you at a very inconvenient time," Oakley said as he expressed the importance of signing up.

Given that the Cabiocs usually share their below ground, backyard shelter with the neighbors and their pets, they want to make sure first responders in Sand Springs can find them.

"We're entering into the season to where anything can happen," he said.

Fisher says registrants will need the following information:
- Name
- Address
- Phone number
- Storm shelter type (above ground or below ground)
- Location of storm shelter (garage, backyard, closet, under stairs, etc.)
- Longitude and Latitude coordinates of the shelter (can be found using Google Maps)

Like many other cities, there is no registration fee.

The cities of Tulsa , Sand Springs , Broken Arrow , Bixby , StillwaterOwasso and Muskogee , as well as Payne and Pittsburg counties, all offer online registration for storm shelters.

Tonight at 6, 2NEWS anchor Max Resnik speaks with a Sand Springs family who hopes their neighbors join them in the push to register storm shelters.

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