The City of Tulsa is responding to a winter weather event with snow being the main expected impact this evening through tomorrow.
City of Tulsa street crews started 24-hour response at 2 a.m. Wednesday, applying roughly 500 tons of salt to elevated surfaces, hills and slick areas. As the snow moves in this afternoon and tonight, City crews will use plows to clear the roadways. It’s asked drivers give plenty of room between their vehicles and snow-plowing operations.
For detailed information on the City’s snow and ice response, personnel and equipment numbers, and route information, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/winterpreparedness.
Operational Updates and Closures
Warming Stations and Safe Housing
Four warming stations are open in Tulsa for individuals and families seeking shelter from the cold.
Housing Solutions and area partner agencies have outreach teams continuing to move those experiencing homelessness into shelters while weather and road conditions permit. For those choosing to stay unsheltered, outreach teams continue to ask them to go inside and are conducting welfare checks as much as possible. Local shelters will offer shelter-in-place services, meaning those who visit their shelter will be able to stay there throughout the duration of this winter weather event.
If you see someone in need of safe and warm housing, you can fill out a Housing Solutions Homeless Street Outreach Request online at https://www.housingsolutionstulsa.org/assistance-request/.
Tulsa County Updates
All Tulsa County facilities, including HQ and the Courthouse, will be closed tomorrow, Feb. 3. Court Services will continue to operate the 24/7 bond docket. Additionally, all Tulsa County Parks community centers will be closed, including golf courses, pro shops and the tennis center.
Tulsa County highway crews continue to work 12-hr shifts to keep bridges, overpasses and other major roadways as clear and safe as possible. For real-time updates on the roads in your area, or to report an areas of concern, call the district barns at:
Tulsa Transit Updates
Due to windchill and conditions, Tulsa Transit will offer free fare on Thursday.
To find the list of Inclement weather routes, visit http://tulsatransit.org/inclement-weather-routing/.Tulsa Transit encourages people to only get out if necessary and asks for patience and understanding if delays occur due to road conditions. To track bus locations, visit, http://tulsapublic.etaspot.net/.
Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG) Updates
ONG systems are currently performing well and are expected to remain functional and reliable throughout this event. ONG employees are working around the clock, being positioned at critical locations in preparation for any service outages ONG’s modeling may indicate.
In addition, ONG has taken proactive steps to prepare for the winter season, such as:
For questions outside of operational preparedness, contact ONG corporate communications at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a reminder to ONG customers, customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT at (800) 664-5463.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) Updates
PSO has multiple resources in the area to respond. Though widespread power outages are not expected, if one does occur, do not approach crews and utility vehicles you see in your neighborhood to ask when power will be restored. Doing so could jeopardize your safety and the safety of the crews.
For information on power outages, visit www.psoklahoma.com/outages/report/.
EMSA advises those involved in a motor vehicle accident on icy/snowy roads to make every attempt to move their vehicle to the road’s shoulder so emergency vehicles aren’t impeded by abandoned vehicles on local roadways. For those who will be outside, its asked they make sure to wear shoes with grip and traction if walking outdoors, as icy surfaces could be covered by snow causing slips and falls.