Are OKC Metro Hospitals Storm Shelters?

April 26, 2012

Mercy Health Center



Every spring, Oklahomans know what to expect: wicked weather. We see hail, thunderstorms, strong winds, flooding and tornadoes, but we don’t always see weather so severe we’re forced to seek shelter.

Considering the frequency of these dangerous conditions, it’s a good idea to have a plan for your family. Where will you go, if severe weather threatens your home and loved ones? The Central and Western Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross offers tips on disaster preparedness.

Lately, there’s been confusion about whether community members can seek shelter at hospitals. We can’t speak for all Oklahoma hospitals, but we can make our perspective clear.

Mercy is not an official storm shelter. Our hospitals shouldn’t be the first choice to take cover, but if our neighbors have nowhere else to go, they may come to the hospital. In the below linked news coverage, Mercy Health Center Chief Operating Officer Aaron Steffens explains.

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