"I told my grandkids come on lets go we are gonna go down to the storm shelter not going to take the chance," Brown.
James E. Brown told me when there's a tornado warning near his home in Lawrence county he heads to his local community shelter.
"It was packed full of people who wanted to be in there and not out there."
EMA director for Lawrence Co. Johnny Cantrell told me Brown's community shelter is already open for potential storms this evening
"We just thought it would be easier to go ahead and do it this morning and have them already prepared and open," Cantrell.
The EMA director told WAAY that as soon as they determine weather will be severe enough they send out a notification to local fire departments through the 911 system. Representatives from the fire departments then come to shelters like this one to make sure they are open and ready for people.
Brown's storm shelter is about a 3 minute drive down his street but he told me he wants to build his own in his front yard.
"That way I leave my space open for someone else," Brown said.
For now he hopes he wont have to head to his community shelter anytime soon
Each county has different protocol for storm shelters and not all are open at all hours. For a list of Tennessee Valley storm shelters click here.
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