Sheltering in Severe Weather Season During COVID-19


Last Updated on April 16, 2020 – 3:40 PM CDT

We are currently in severe weather season and Moore County Office of Emergency Management (MCOEM) has released information regarding severe weather shelters during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Emergency Management Coordinator Tommy Brooks released the following information regarding sheltering during a potential tornado warning.

MCOEM Release

The need to practice social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19 adds complications to taking shelter from severe weather. However, Moore County officials agree that the top priority should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado.

Moore County Emergency Management recommends sheltering inside your homes when possible. If you don’t have a below-ground storm shelter, take shelter in a closet, bathroom, interior hallway or other interior room with no windows on the lowest level of your home.

If your family normally seeks shelter at a church or friends shelter please check with them now and make sure they will be open if the need arises to seek shelter and if there are any special considerations to plan for due to COVID-19.

Now is the time to review your plan and make any adjustments due to the COVID-19 event. Don’t wait until the storm is here to try and adjust the plan you may be to late.

If you have a shelter at home and have not registered it with us you may do so by going to  That information is not shared with the public but is used in case a tornado does touch down in your neighborhood and we need to do search and rescue.

If you have any questions you may reach us at 806-934-9520