Public Tornado Shelter
We routinely open the Public Tornado Shelter at City Hall (221 W Main St) when a Tornado Watch has been issued and other times when tornadoes are likely. To maximize everyone's safety & comfort:
- You may not bring any of the following into the shelter: weapons, explosives, dangerous substances, alcohol or drugs, pets or animals of any kind except assistance animals, or any item that is overly burdensome or limits movement.
- The shelter, as with all City buildings, is a non-smoking facility.
- Once the doors are closed, they will NOT be re-opened until after the threat has passed.
- We do NOT open the shelter for every storm that comes up.
- Please remember that even though the shelter was designed to provide near-absolute protection, freak things happen and there is no guarantee you will not be injured while using it.
The Public Tornado Shelter should be considered a shelter of last resort. An individual storm shelter is considered much safer, and it is consensus that sheltering-in-place in your residence, assuming it is a well-constructed home, is a better option than driving to a public shelter at the last minute. You are likely to encounter traffic jams, blocked roads, lack of parking, or find that the shelter may have already closed its doors for the storm by the time you get there. This could cause you to get caught in your car when the tornado strikes! And experience proves that cars are NOT the place you want to be during severe weather! If your plan must include the Public Tornado Shelter, you need to be here BEFORE the storm!