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Boaters! Before Getting Underway:
Know your boat and know the rules of the road.

  • Take a safe boating course.
  • Check your boat for all required safety equipment.
  • Consider the size of your boat, the number of passengers and the amount of extra equipment that will be on-board. DON’T OVERLOAD THE BOAT!
  • If you will be in a power boat, check your electrical system and fuel system for gas fumes.
  • Follow manufacturers suggested procedures BEFORE starting up the engine.
  • Wear your life jacket – don’t just carry one on board.
  • Leave alcohol behind to increase your safety and decrease your risk.
  • Check the weather forecast.
  • File a float plan with a member of your family or friend.Swimmers!
    Since most drowning victims had no intention of being in water and since most people drown within 10-30 feet of safety, it is important that you and your family learn to swim well. 

      Please remember: 

    • Never rely on toys such as inner tubes and water wings to stay afloat.
    • Don’t take chances, by overestimating your swimming skills.
    • Swim only in designated swimming areas.
    • Never swim alone.

    Drowning Fatalities:
    According to the Center for Disease Control, each year over 3,400 people drown in the United States. Drowning is the SECOND leading cause of accidental deaths for persons 1-14 years of age and the sixth leading cause for all ages.

    What is really surprising is that two-thirds of the people who drown
    never had an intention of being in the water!Divers!
    Never dive into lakes and rivers…the results can be tragic. Every year, diving accidents result in thousands of people suffering paralyzing spinal cord injuries and many of them die before they reach the hospital. All too often, hidden dangers lurk beneath the surface of the water, even in shallow water, including current, rocks, and debris.

    Watch Small Children!

  • Center for Disease Control statistics show an average of over 800 children under the age of 15 drown each year. Thousands of others are treated in hospitals for submersion accidents, accidents which leave children with permanent brain damage and respiratory health problems.
  • Remember, it only takes a few seconds for a small child to wander away. Children have a natural curiosity and attraction to water.Alcohol- The Fun Killer?
  • It’s a fact; alcohol and water do not mix! More than half of all the people that are injured in a boating accident had consumed alcohol prior to their accident and 20% of them don’t live to tell about it.
  • Being intoxicated is not necessary for alcohol to be a threat to your safety. Just one beer will impair your balance, vision, judgment and reaction time, thus making you a potential danger to yourself and others.
  • Research shows that four hours of boating, exposure to noise, vibration, sun, glare and wind produces fatigue that makes you act as if you were legally intoxicated. If you combine alcohol consumption with this boating fatigue condition, it intensifies the effects and increases your accident risk.
  • So remember, don’t include alcohol in your outing, if you’re planning to have fun in, on, or near the water.Cold Water Survival!
    All boaters should wear a life jacket and dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. Cold-water immersion causes many boating-related fatalities. It follows four stages, starting with cold shock, followed by swimming failure, then hypothermia and finally post-rescue collapse. Most cold-water drowning fatalities are attributed to the first two stages.
  • The initial shock of cold water causes involuntary gasping making it difficult to catch your breath and many people hyperventilate, faint, and drown before they are able to calm down their breathing.
  • The longer you are exposed to cold water, the more you lose your ability to move your extremities. If you haven’t been able to get out of the water in 5-15 minutes you need to stop moving. Movement will deplete your energy faster and increase heat loss.
  • Hypothermia is a condition in which the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Violent shivering develops which may give way to confusion and eventually cardiac arrest or unconsciousness.If you fall in the water, in any season, you need to know cold water survival skills. Many of our nation’s open waters are mountain fed, and water temperatures even in late summer can run low enough to bring on this condition under certain conditions.
      It’s important to remember: 

    • Don’t discard clothing and dress warmly with wool clothing. Clothing layers provide some warmth that may actually assist you in fighting hypothermia. This includes shoes and hats. A popular myth is that wet clothes will weigh you down in the water and they are actually only heavy when you are out of the water.
    • Wear your life jacket! This helps hold heat into the core areas of your body, and enables you to easily put yourself into the HELP position. HELP (Heat Escape Lessening Posture) by drawing limbs into your body; keep armpits and groin areas protected from unnecessary exposure – a lot of heat can be lost from those areas, as well as the head.

    View more life saving water safety tips – Are You Next?

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    This online boater education course is approved by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Division and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approvedonline boating license course.

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    Missouri law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the Missouri boating laws and guidelines in this course.

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    With this boater course, you’ll be on the water with a temporary boater education certificate in a few hours, and you can complete the online course at your own pace on a desktop computer or on any mobile smartphone or tablet.

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    Federal Flood Insurance Now Available

    In the City of Camdenton

    Washington, D.C. – The City of Camdenton has joined over 21,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase federally backed flood insurance. This availability follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses and acceptance by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

    The City of Camdenton is now a participant in the NFIP effective on August 4, 2011. Residents of the City of Camdenton will be able to purchase flood insurance up to the limits under the Regular Phase of the program. However, there is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance coverage goes into effect. For single-family dwellings, the building coverage limit is $250,000, and the contents coverage limit is $100,000. Renters can also protect their belongings by purchasing contents coverage. For commercial properties, the buildings and contents coverage limits are both $500,000.

    Lenders must require borrowers whose properties are located in a designated flood hazard area to purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally backed mortgage loan in accordance with the Federal Disaster Protection Act of 1973.

    The NFIP is implemented through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are over 5.5 million flood insurance policies in more than 21,000 participating communities nationwide.



    Severe Weather Safety and Survival

    Safety Where You Live

    Jump to “What to Do Without a Basement or Safe Room”
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    Again, the key to tornado survival is a safety plan. Your plan at home should be known by everyone in the home and practiced at least twice each year. Children who may be at home alone should know what to do and where to go even if no adults are there.

    Your selection of a tornado shelter in your home will depend on many factors. Use the basic guidelines and the information below to find your tornado safety area. When selecting your shelter area, remember that your goals should be:

    1. Get as low as possible – completely underground is best.
    2. Put as many barriers between you and the outside as possible.

    It is not the wind inside and around a tornado that kills and injures people – it’s the flying debris that’s in the wind. Items can fly through the air (broken glass, etc) or fall down (could range from small objects to objects the size and weight of cars)

    Storm Cellars and Basements

    Being completely underground is the best place to be in a tornado. If you have an underground storm cellar, use it. Make sure the door is securely fastened.

    If the entrance to your storm cellar is outside, you should allow plenty of time to get to the shelter before the storm arrives. If you wait until the storm is upon you, you may be exposed to wind, hail, rain, lightning and maybe even flying debris as you go to the cellar.

    A basement is also a good shelter in most cases. If your basement is not totally underground, or has outside doors or windows, stay as far away from them as possible. Items from above could fall into the basement, so it’s a good idea to get under a stairwell or a piece of sturdy furniture. If possible, avoid seeking shelter underneath heavy objects on the floor above. Use coverings (pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, coats, etc) and helmets to shield your head and body and to protect yourself from flying debris.

    Safe Rooms

    A reinforced safe room (or above-ground tornado shelter) is as good as an underground shelter in most situations. Safe rooms are specially-designed reinforced tornado shelters built into homes, schools and other buildings. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in close cooperation with experts in wind engineering and tornado damage, has developed detailed guidelines for constructing a safe room. For more, go to the FEMA Saferoom webpage.

    If No Underground or Reinforced Shelter is Available

    If you’re like most people, you don’t have an underground shelter. In this case, you need to find a location that is…

    • As close to the ground as possible
    • As far inside the building as possible
    • Away from doors, windows and outside walls
    • In as small a room as possible

    If you don’t have a safe room, basement or underground storm shelter, what should you do? Remembering the basics of tornado safety, you should look around your home to determine the best place.

    Here are Some Ideas

    • BathroomsBathrooms MAY be a good shelter, provided they are not along an outside wall and have no windows. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing magically safe about getting in a bathtub with a mattress. In some cases, this might be a great shelter. However, it depends on where your bathroom is. If your bathroom has windows and is along an outside wall, it’s probably not the best shelter.Bathrooms have proven to be adequate tornado shelters in many cases for a couple of reasons. First, bathrooms are typically small rooms with no windows in the middle of a building. Secondly, it is thought that the plumbing within the walls of a bathroom helps to add some structural strength to the room.However, with tornadoes there are no absolutes, and you should look closely at your home when determining your shelter area.
    • ClosetsA small interior closet might be a shelter. Again, the closet should be as deep inside the building as possible, with no outside walls, doors or windows. Be sure to close the door and cover up.
    • HallwaysIf a hallway is your shelter area, be sure to shut all doors. Again, the goal is to create as many barriers as possible between you and the flying debris in and near a tornado. To be an effective shelter, a hallway should as be far inside the building as possible and should not have any openings to the outside (windows and doors).
    • Under StairsThe space underneath a stairwell could be used as a shelter.

    Generally speaking, you should not leave your home in your vehicle when a tornado threatens. In most cases, you will have a better chance of surviving by staying put in your home. Every home is different – there is no absolute safe place in every home. Use the guidelines. Unless you are deep underground, there is no such thing as a 100% tornado-proof shelter. Freak accidents can happen.


    The basic tornado safety guidelines apply if you live in an apartment. Get to the lowest floor, with as many walls between you and the outside as possible.

    Apartment dwellers should have a plan, particularly if you live on the upper floors. If your complex does not have a reinforced shelter, you should make arrangements to get to an apartment on the lowest floor possible.

    In some cases, the apartment clubhouse or laundry room may be used as a shelter, provided the basic safety guidelines are followed. You need to have a shelter area that’s accessible at all times of the day or night.

    Mobile Homes

    Even an EF-1 tornado, typically considered a “weak tornado”, will most likely severely damage a mobile home and/or roll it over. This is why tornado safety plans are so crucial for residents of mobile homes!

    Pictured below is a destroyed mobile home southeast of Wewoka from a tornado in 1998. This is an example of what an EF-1 tornado can do to a mobile home.

    Mobile homes are especially susceptible to high winds from severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. You will likely not be safe in a mobile home, whether you’re in a hallway, a closet or a bathroom. Mobile homes cannot stand up to even a weak tornado, and you should make plans BEFORE the storm arrives to get to a safe shelter. Due to the potentially short amount of time between a warning and the arrival of a tornado, people should consider executing their safety plans when a tornado watch is issued- Do not wait for the tornado warning!

    Taking cover under sturdy furniture, in a bathtub or closet or under a mattress will be meaningless in a mobile home if the home itself is destroyed, blown over, or rolled over by tornado or severe thunderstorm winds. Get out of mobile homes and find a more substantial shelter as quickly as possible.

    Again, you need to have access to a shelter that is available at any time of the day or night.


    Safety Away From Home

    A detailed home tornado safety plan won’t help you much if you’re away from home when the tornado threatens. You need to think about what you will do if a tornado threatens you while you’re away from home – at work, church, school, while shopping, dining out, on vacation, or participating in outdoor activities.

    Danger is higher when you’re away from home, when you may be unfamiliar with the area and away from your usual sources of weather information. It is important for business owners, and those responsible for safety in all types of public buildings and venues to think about and plan for tornado safety for all employees, occupants and potential visitors.

    There is a myth that tornadoes don’t hit urban areas, but this is UNTRUE! Even if you are away from home in a large city, you should stay alert when severe weather threatens. More information can be found at the bottom of this page.

    Hotels and Motels

    Think about tornado safety in hotels, motels. Some lodging establishments have safety plans for guests, but others may not, and you may be on your own. Some establishments suggest guests seek shelter in hallways. However, you should remember to avoid open hallways – hallways that have doors and/or windows on either end. These can become wind tunnels and send debris flying down the corridor. Interior bathrooms and closets near the center of the building may be good shelters in this situation. Again, wherever you are forced to seek shelter in a tornado, cover up with pillows, heavy blankets or whatever you can find.

    Public Buildings – Malls, Stores, Restaurants, Hospitals

    The same basic tornado safety guidelines apply in any public building, whether it’s your local shopping mall, a hospital or nursing home, a grocery or discount store, a church, a hotel, convenience store, truck stop or restaurant.

    • GET IN – put as many walls between you and the outside as possible
    • GET DOWN – if you can’t get underground, get as low as possible
    • COVER UP – use whatever you have to protect your head and body from flying missiles

    If a tornado threatens, you should not leave in your car! Being in a sturdy building is most likely safer than being in your vehicle on the road if a tornado hits. Stay calm and cool and try to find a safe shelter wherever you are.

    Outdoor Activities – Campgrounds, RV Parks, Sporting Events, Fairs, Festivals

    Being exposed outdoors is one of the worst places to be in a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Being involved in outdoor activities can sometimes put you at increased risk, because you’re exposed outdoors and possibly in an unfamiliar area.

    Organized outdoor events, including sporting events at all times of year, should have weather safety plans. People at large sporting events are especially vulnerable because of the difficulties involved in moving large numbers of people. Event coordinators or managers should have a detailed severe weather safety plan in place and practice it. People at large outdoor gatherings or events should listen when severe weather information is conveyed and follow instructions if a safety plan is put into action.

    Tornadoes Can and DO Hit Urban Areas

    Contrary to what some people may think, tornadoes can hit urban areas. In fact it has happened in the past, a few in recent memory! On April 16, 1998 several tornadoes hit the immediate Nashville, Tennessee area. One of the tornadoes was rated an F3 and tracked through the downtown portions of the city. On August 11, 1999 an F2 tornado went right through downtown Salt Lake City (more information from the NWS in Salt Lake City).

    Fort Worth, Texas was struck by an F2 tornado on March 28, 2000, including parts of downtown. The area just to the northeast of downtown Fort Worth was actually hit even more recently, on April 13, 2007.

    Here in Oklahoma, urban areas have been hit by tornadoes as well. Perhaps the most famous example was on May 3, 1999 when an F5 tornado struck the city of Moore, just south of Oklahoma City. The same tornado tracked to the northeast, into the Oklahoma City city limits. (more information on that outbreak). In fact, the Oklahoma City metro areahas been hit by a violent tornado (rated F4 or F5) on 9 seperate occasions, most recently on May 8, 2003. The metro area has been hit by a tornado over 100 times since records began in 1893.

    The bottom line is, when severe weather threatens, you should follow the safety procedures detailed above, even when you are in an urban area!


    Safety On The Road

    The three groups of people most at risk during a tornado are those who are outdoors, those in mobile/manufactured homes, or those on the road in vehicles. The first two locations are detailed in other sections of this safety guide. How to handle severe weather situations on the road is detailed below.

    Being In A Vehicle

    Vehicles – cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, RVs, 18-wheelers, boats, trains, planes, etc. – are terrible places to be when a severe thunderstorm threatens. Fortunately, these situations can be avoided most of the time by being ALERT to the possibility of severe storms and tornadoes.

    All types of vehicles can be blown over, rolled, crushed, lifted or otherwise destroyed by even a weak tornado. People have been hurt or killed when large trees crushed their cars. Below are some safety tips.

    • Consider delaying your trip if severe thunderstorms are in the area or along your path of travel.
    • Monitor television, radio, NOAA weather radio, and the internet for storm location information.
    • Be familiar with the area where you’re traveling. Keep a highway map handy, one that includes the county names and boundaries. NWS severe weather warnings are issued based on counties. If you do not know what county you’re in you could miss life-saving information
    • If you’re in your car, find a station broadcasting weather information. Some radio stations will interrupt programming to broadcast warnings and other information. Others are automated stations and may not. Search for a station with local weather information and listen for details. A battery operated weather radio is essential for travelers. Remember you will not get any warnings if you are listening to CD’s or satellite radio in your vehicle.
    • The chances of being hit directly by a tornado in your car are very small. However, severe thunderstorms contain other deadly and destructive elements that can threaten your life in your car:
      • Hail
        Severe thunderstorms can produce hail as big as baseballs or softballs. These chunks of ice, falling at over 100 mph from a severe thunderstorm, will break car windshields and dent vehicles bodies. Get off the roadway if possible and find shelter underneath an awning, a carwash or other structure. Abandon your vehicle if possible and get into a sturdy structure. Do not park underneath highway overpasses or bridges. You could cause a deadly traffic jam, preventing others from reaching safe shelter and blocking emergency vehicles.
      • Wind
        Severe thunderstorms can produce devastating straight line winds, as strong, or even stronger than most tornadoes. Any vehicle may be overturned by severe thunderstorm winds. Get off the road, if possible, and find a sturdy building to take shelter in.
      • Heavy Rain & Flooding
        Even non-severe thunderstorms can produce excessive rainfall in a very short period of time that can flood roadways and low water crossings. Avoid areas where water is covering the roads – even familiar ones.

    Every situation is different, and if faced with a tornado threat while on the road, your best course of action will depend on your exact location, the tornado’s location, speed, and direction of movement, road options available to you, nearby structures, time of day, traffic, weather conditions you’re experiencing.

    If the tornado is far enough away and road options and traffic allow, you should try to find a substantial building for shelter. Follow the basic tornado safety guidelines (get in – get down – cover up). Motorists have found truck stops, convenience stores, restaurants and other businesses to be adequate shelters in a tornado situation. Walk-in coolers can sometimes make a good shelter.

    While you should never try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle, you may, in some situations, be able to get out of the tornado’s way by driving out of its path, or simply stopping and allowing the tornado to pass. Again, this can be extremely dangerous unless traffic, time of day and road options allow you to see the tornado, determine which way it’s moving (and how fast), find a road option that will take you out of its path (while avoiding other storms) and to safe shelter.

    The worst-case scenario for motorists would be to be trapped in your vehicle on the road with no escape possible. This scenario could occur in more densely populated areas, in metropolitan areas at rush-hour or in high traffic situations, or on limited access roadways, such as interstates or turnpikes, where it might not be possible to quickly exit and find safe shelter. It is in these situations when it may become necessary to leave your vehicle and seek shelter in a ditch, culvert or low spot.

    Highway overpasses are NOT tornado shelters, and these should be avoided. The reasons, which are numerous, have been listed and explained in a presentation.

    Taking Shelter Outdoors

    Ditches, culverts, and ravines should be used only as an absolute last resort. You will be exposed to flying debris, rain and hail, lightning and extreme wind. People have survived by seeking shelter in ditches, but people have also died. If you must leave your vehicle to seek shelter in a ditch, you should try to get as far away from the vehicle, as well as any other potential “missiles” as possible.



    Keep Your Immunizations up to date !

    The Camden County Health Department provides childhood immunizations during the regular clinic hours.

    Keep your Tetanus vaccination up to date so you will be protected from any injuries caused by tornados or floods!

    For vaccine costs or other information regarding the immunization program,

    Call :    (573) 346-5479.