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Emergency Management Weather Information Network

Citizens can receive severe weather information through the Emergency Management Weather Information Network, with the following equipment: a 386 computer with at least 4M of ram; a receiver/demodulator, or receiver (VHF Scanner); a demodulator; and weather mode software. The Information Network provides homes and businesses with national weather information, current weather conditions, weather forecasts, severe weather outlooks, flooding information and weather warnings.

Emergency Information System

The Emergency Information System displays and tracks emergency response information items such as jurisdiction maps, plumes, events, hazardous material storage, and other resources.


Warning Sources

- The NEXRAD system is utilized by "spotters" to track severe weather formation and movement.

- The Ponca City Emergency Management operates and maintains a warning system for the Ponca City area. Radio controlled outdoor warning sirens are tested every Thursday, weather permitting. If the sirens are sounded, citizens should turn their radios or TV to a local station for information and instructions.

- Emergency Management informs the local media of emergency related information, such as severe weather, evacuation, and sheltering in place, that needs to be broadcast to the public.

- The Kay County Radio club and the Ponca City Emergency Management Office maintain the NOAA Weather Radio station. Information and warnings originate from the National Weather Service office in Norman. They are transmitted to the station over phone lines. The information is then transmitted to anyone with an alert radio receiver in the Kay County area. The receiver will automatically turn on for weather warnings to be received by citizens. Many of these receivers are located in schools, businesses and homes in the Ponca City area.

- Emergency Management maintains a "pyramid" type phone list that can be used to notify businesses, day care facilities and other persons requesting this service.

- Emergency Management can use the audio override to interrupt the cable service in Ponca City and broadcast emergency information to the citizens.




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