Director: Cody McDonell
Phone: (405) 356-6089
What is Emergency Management?
The Department of Emergency Management is created to protect the community by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.
The Town of Wellston operates three mechanical tornado sirens within the town limits. During a tornado warning, the sirens are activated. These sirens are only meant to warn people outdoors. The best warning for severe weather is a NOAA weather radio. There isn't an "all clear" siren. If the sirens are sounding, the severe weather threat is present.
The Town of Wellston Office of Emergency Management has several trained volunteers in the community. These volunteers assist with severe weather operations (storm spotting) as well as emergency response. We are always looking for more volunteers to help grow our team and capabilities. If you are interested in volunteering, complete an application and take it to Town Hall.
All Wellston Office of Emergency Management volunteers and staff are required to complete the following training, at a minimum: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800. Other training in emergency mitigation and response are encouraged, including OKFirst weather training, SKYWARN, and specialty training within the National Incident Management System.
The Wellston Office of Emergency Management currently operates a 2013 Tahoe for mobile command and response, along with a 2007 Ford E450 ambulance which has been converted into a Type 4 Mobile Emergency Operations Center. This unit is primarily used for rehab operations an contains both 800MHz OKWIN radios and VHF radios. Thanks to our partnership with the Wellston Police Department, Wellston EM also operates a portable light tower trailer (LTPA). All of these assets are available for mutual aid requests for emergencies and planned events.
The Wellston Office of Emergency Management is responsible for reviewing all permit applications for special events in Wellston. This process is meant to make sure all relevant personnel in the Town are aware of the event. The fee from special events permits goes to the emergency management general fund.
Wellston Public Schools operates a public shelter during non-school hours under the high school. This shelter is not available to the public during school hours as the space is reserved for the students and staff of the school. The shelter will be opened when a tornado watch is issued. Citizens are encouraged to get to the shelter well before the storms arrive.