(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / March 5, 2020) – Don’t miss this event—learn about the Stillwater community’s hazard mitigation and master drainage plan and visit with local guests like News 9’s Val Castor at the upcoming Hazard Mitigation Community Town Hall. The event will take place Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lowry Activity Center within the Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Various speakers, a presentation of the plan, and a demonstration of the newest technology used to prepare Stillwater in the case of emergency are on the schedule.

Val Castor is NEWS 9's senior StormTracker. He joined NEWS 9 in the spring of 1991 and was the first StormTracker hired by the station. He has chased storms for NEWS 9 for the past 15 years, and as you might expect, has seen some of the most extreme weather imaginable. Castor will speak on natural disasters and his experiences during his career as a StormTracker.

Other guests include: Matt Rollins and Mark Gower from Oklahoma Emergency Management (OEM), representatives of Disaster Resilience Network, Meshek, LLC, representatives of Stillwater Public Schools, and representatives of the City of Stillwater from Stormwater Programs, city engineering, the Stillwater Regional Airport, Stillwater Police Department, Stillwater Fire Department, and Stillwater Emergency Management.

Holding a community meeting is a required part of the Hazard Mitigation Plan update process. Stillwater Emergency Management will submit this proposed plan to Oklahoma Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for approval, with plans to formally adopt it in August 2020.

Are you planning to attend? Let Stillwater know! Mark “going” on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3287514297944376/.

Find more information on Stillwater Emergency Management at http://stillwater.org/page/home/government/departments-divisions/emergency-management.