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University of Central Oklahoma Plans Disaster Drill
From the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary to Virginia Tech, we have seen violence in our schools.
So this morning the University of Central Oklahoma is making sure they know how to respond in an emergency situation are preparing for the worst.
This morning UCO is implementing a full-scale emergency preparedness exercise. And the goal is to saves lives.
The university says safety and security is a top priority and this exercise is an essential part of their efforts to evaluate, practice, and adjust procedures to assure the school is prepared, should they find themselves in an emergency situation.
So during this morning's exercise you may hear or see emergency responders, but the university is asking the public to be advised there is no actual emergency occurring on campus.
The exact details of the exercise will be revealed in "real time" to the participating faculty and staff to keep the exercise as close to reality as possible.
The drill has been planned in cooperation with various organizations: including Edmond Police, the Edmond Fire Department, the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, as well as Mercy and Integris Health Edmond.
The exercise will continue until noon today.
Posted: Thursday, January 10 2013, 06:12 AM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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