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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This is from the NWS.
This morning a wintry mix is falling across portions of north-central and eastern Oklahoma. Highways and interstates are becoming slick in these areas and drivers should use caution if traveling.

In north-central and northeast Oklahoma, including the Tulsa metro, slick conditions are reported and crews from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are applying salt and sand to highways, along with some plowing operations. Highways in eastern and southeastern Oklahoma are also becoming slick and drivers should be alert to changing conditions throughout the morning. Roadways which appear wet may actually be covered in a thin layer of ice.

REMEMBER during snowy and icy conditions, motorists are asked to:

• Stay at least 200 feet behind road clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.

• Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.

• Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.

• Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.
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Roadways county-wide are very slick, black ice south of Bartlesville and snowpack over ice north. Officials are urging people to stay off roadways unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel, slow down, allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination. Roadways are slick and hazardous. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are getting a few reports of some flash flooding on some county roads, especially in areas south of Bartlesville. Please do not drive thru flooded areas. It is not worth the risk. Very cold temps over night and tomorrow night, so roadways can expect to be icy in spots at the very least. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is the second installment of Meet your Emergency Management Staff. This group is what we will refer to as the OG’s (Original Gangstas), or as some affectionately call “the old guys”. This group is extremely valuable to the agency due to their extensive experience and knowledge. They have all been here over 25 years and have pretty much seen it all. We also rely on these folks to help us train new recruits by mentoring as well as training. Having this level of historic knowledge of the community and the impacts of previous events at hand is a very valuable asset in making sure we are well prepared and have as much situational awareness as possible. Some of them also help out with day to day duties in the office from time to time. Combined, this group provides over 180 years of experience and knowledge. You can read about each individual in the comments of their picture. ... See MoreSee Less

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