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Documenting Locations of Storm Shelters
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Documenting Locations of Storm Shelters

After the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, approximately one hundred individuals reported missing were actually trapped inside storm shelters. While storm shelters help to save lives, they can become quite frightening to individuals trapped inside.

According to Doug Baker, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Searcy, “debris, fallen trees, and structural damage can easily block a storm shelter exit.”

While the city of Searcy has been fortunate in regard to tornado activity or extreme severe weather, we would like to be proactive and begin a data base of shelter locations. “This information will be valuable to emergency responders when searching for individuals should a natural disaster occur,” stated Mayor David Morris.

The Searcy Fire Department has begun compiling a list of shelter locations and is asking persons with storm shelters to contact them.

Identifying your storm cellar, safe room, basement or other personal severe weather shelter will be a simple process. We will need your address, type of shelter and its location within your home or property. We are collecting this information for both commercial and residential property. Please call 501-207-5789 to document your shelter or for any questions.

Information collected will be kept private and will only be used by emergency responders in the event your home or neighbourhood is affected by severe weather.

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