Washington County Emergency Management (WCEM) is a volunteer organization dedicated to minimizing the effects of disasters upon the people of the community.

The professional and volunteer staff of WCEM are trained to respond to a wide variety of technological and natural disasters. Hazard mitigation is an important part of group activities and includes the identification and elimination of possible long term hazards.

Another function of the group is the coordination of local, State, and Federal response to a disaster event. WCEM is responsible for the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and for the coordination of disaster emergency response.

WCEM personnel are trained in a wide variety of skills including the following:

Disaster Preparedness Disaster Team Organization Search / Rescue
Emergency Medical Basic Fire Fighting Traffic Control
Weather Spotting Damage Assessment


Tornado Siren Tests are conducted in Bartlesville on the first Monday of each month at 1:15 p.m. if weather permits, alternate test day is second Monday at 1:15 p.m…

During storm watches and EOC activation you can monitor our radio traffic on the following frequencies:

158.745Mhz 155.235Mhz

154.355Mhz 146.655Mhz HAM

Washington Co. and Bartlesville are Storm Ready Certified!

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We have had several questions and calls about some rumors that are going around. So here are some rumors that we want to clear up:

Is it true the National Guard has been deployed to patrol communities?

No. National Guard members along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are being used to help survey certain communities to identify buildings and/or resources that might be used for patient overflow if needed.

Are the state borders being closed?

No. Oklahoma borders are not closed and travel is not restricted. However, officials are urging everyone to not travel or go out except for necessary and essential needs such as work, medical services, groceries and other essential supplies or needs. Everyone is asked to limit these trips and to only send one person from your household in an effort to limit exposure.

Are travel papers required for me to go anywhere?

No. You do not need “papers” to travel but are strongly advised to limit your travel and outings to only necessary and essential needs.

Is there a curfew now?

There is not a new curfew, and there is no curfew at all for adults. The City of Bartlesville already had an existing curfew in place for minors. However, a curfew has not been enacted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Municipal Code Article VII Section 12-127 states that “It is unlawful for any minor to remain in any public place either on foot or to cruise about without a set destination in any vehicle in, about or upon any place in the city between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, custodian or other adult person having custody or control of such minor or unless the minor is on an emergency errand or specific business or activity directed or permitted by his parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor or where the presence of such minor is connected with or required by some legitimate employment, trade, profession or occupation.
(Code 1978, § 9.56.030)

No other curfews exist in Bartlesville.

Will I be stopped by the police if I leave my house?

No. No one will be stopped by the police for simply being out of their house.

Is there a shortage of food in Bartlesville?


Are local police still making arrests and writing citations?

Yes, they are. Bartlesville police are working 24/7 as always
If I need a police officer, are they available?

Yes, they are. If you have an emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 918.338.4001.
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[9:15 pm - 4/2/20] Thunderstorms are forecast to increase tonight as a strong cold front moves into Northeast Oklahoma by early Friday morning. Severe weather is not anticipated. Thunderstorm chances continue Friday as the cold front continues to move through the region. The greater thunderstorm potential Friday is expected over Southeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas. ... See MoreSee Less

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