Community storm shelters aim to keep people safe

As we look ahead to the chance for tornadoes and heavy rains overnight Friday, if your home isn't an option, there are shelters dedicated to keeping you safe. WAAY31 found out what you need to know about where to go.

Posted: Jul. 19, 2018 5:04 PM

Here is a link to all the storm shelters in the Tennessee Valley.

Melvin Allen, the director of the Harvest Youth Club, says on April 27th, 2011 the community was caught off guard when a tornado outbreak happened.
It was then Allen said the Harvest community came together to build a storm shelter at the club.

Now in 2018- he says the community is prepared with this storm shelter.

"It's a wonderful thing to have."

The shelter can hold up to 150 people and is equipped with water, first aid, blankets and even cable television.
Allen told me on a typical storm day anywhere from 15 to 50 people show up.
Especially those that have experienced dangerous tennessee valley storms in the past

"It doesnt take a whole lot of dark clouds and thunder to get them out of their homes and into the shelters," Allen said.

Not all community shelters are open 24/7 like the one at Harvest Youth Club. WAAY31 spoke to the EMA director for Madison County over the phone and he told us your best bet is to call ahead to your local community shelter to find out their procedures when dangerous weather happens.

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