Some Tuscaloosa County schools to open tornado shelters to public

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuscaloosa County officials are working together to help keep residents safe in case severe weather strikes.

In the near future, the Tuscaloosa County School system will allow the public to use storm shelters at five county schools. County EMA Director Rob Robertson says an agreement was made with his office and the School Board and Superintendent. The plan would allow residents to utilize school safe rooms after school hours during severe weather.

“In our worst weather days when we know we are potentially having tornadic activity come across our jurisdiction, our schools may have already closed early or might be closed for the entire day. That gives the community an option to use that school after hours for a place to shelter,” Robertson said.

Robertson says anything he and school leaders can do to protect the community is what this is all about.

“This creates more options and gives people a safe place to go.  We want to keep our community safe during bad weather”.

The program begins December 1st. Participating school include:

  • Buhl Elementary
  • Brookwood High
  • Big Sandy Elementary
  • Holt Elementary
  • Lloyd Wood Education Center

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