Garfield County Emergency Manager released a small update video just after noon today for the public. Here is the video.

Earlier in the day, he posted the following information:

“ADVISORY”: FROM THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Good morning everyone,
First, I want to state, DON’T PANIC TODAY.” Yes, we are in a MODERATE risk for severe weather. The possibility for very large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes is very much “up there” today. Where will all this mess form? Along and east of the dryline. Where will the dryline be located? We think it will be along a Cherokee to Clinton to Lawton line by 2-3 pm. This said, yesterday thinking was along the highway 81 corridor. It has backed a little but either way we are facing the threats listed above. Keep in mind that if the dryline moves through the area before storms get going, we may not see any storms. That’s unlikely at least for now. When storms form this afternoon, where they form will be extremely important to us. If they form NW of here, they SHOULD move to the NE at 30-40 mph. We’ll be watching to the west and southwest areas as that’s where most of our severe storms come in from.

I have put “our entire network” of spotters on standby alert status effective at 2pm. I might back this up depending on NWS guidance later this morning. Our operations center will be activated by 1pm today to monitor the situation. Here is what you need to do today.

1. STAY CALM and don’t let the drama on TV affect you too much, if possible
2. Make sure you have made all arrangements necessary for you and your family
3. DO NOT TRAVEL EAST OR SOUTH TODAY!! I CAN’T STRESS THIS ENOUGH.
4. Listen to our “LOCAL” FM stations 103.1, 107.1, they may be here with us today, not sure yet. Also monitor your trusted source for weather info, ENE, ENID BUZZ, ETC (WHAT?!  NO LOVE FOR  ROUTE 60?  Thanks MIKE!  Just kidding,  😛 )
5. Don’t trust unreliable sources out there that tend to tell you you’re going to die at 5pm.
6. Download our emergency management app. This information comes from us as given to us by OUR network of spotters, etc. GARFIELD COUNTY EM

There are hundreds of things I could list but here is one final thing to remember and please honor this if tornadoes occur. DO NOT TRAVEL TO THOSE AREAS AFFECTED. You may end up with flat tires. You will interfere with emergency services folks and you could end up in hand cuffs. I don’t want to see that occur. Response is difficult enough as it is without having to deal with unauthorized observers. Overall, we will get through WHATEVER HAPPENS so remain calm and we’ll advise as needed.

Here is your forecast from the NWS: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Some of the storms could be severe. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Some of the storms could be severe. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Finally, I will not have facebook activated on my phone today. If you have any questions, email me at mike@gcem.org and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Have a super day and we’ll get through this just fine.

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