Community Safe Rooms

Community Storm Shelter Information

The Webb City School District has four community safe rooms available to you in the event of severe weather. The three locations are:

  • Harry S. Truman
  • Carterville Elementary
  • Madge T. James
  • Webb City High School Dome

See Tornado Protection Zone Maps bellow

Community Safe Room Rules

  • During School hours, students and staff have priority for Safe Room occupancy.
  • The Safe Room is open only to the public when a tornado warning, or a severe weather event with winds in excess of 75 mph has been issued in our area and/or the tornado sirens have been sounded.
  • The Safe Room will remain open only until the watch and/or warning is lifted. When the watch and/or warning expires, the Safe Room must be evacuated.
  • During school hours, a Safe Room Manager is in charge and will be on duty to maintain the facility and to close it after the watch and/or warning expires. After school hours a volunteer Safe Room Supervisor will be in charge. Please follow the directions of the Safe Room Manager/Supervisor or other school personnel at all times.
  • Weapons are prohibited in the Safe Room and on all school property.
  • Smoking or the use of tobacco in any form is prohibited in Safe Rooms and on all school property.
  • Alcohol and drugs (other than those prescribed by a doctor) are prohibited in Safe Rooms and on all school property.
  • As per FEMA guidelines, no pets allowed in Community Safe Rooms.
  • Radios or music devices may be used only with inpidual earphones.
  • Safe Room doors must be closed at all times.

Tornado Safety Tips

  • Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather or radio or commercial radio or television for the latest information.
  • Ensure your NOAA Weather Radio has fresh batteries and is set to the correct frequency to receive a warning for your area.
  • During a Tornado Watch, stay aware of weather updates. Locate radio, phone, purse/wallet, blanket, and flashlight.
  • Identify an emergency shelter location in your home. The safest place is the interior part of a basement or storm cellar. If there is not basement, use an inside room on the lowest floor (e.g.,center hallway, bathroom, closet). Avoid windows, skylights, or glass doors, which could be broken by strong winds or hail and cause damage or injury.
  • During a Tornado Warning, go to your safe place: a protected corner of your basement or a ground floor bathroom, hall, or closet. Stay away from windows and doors. Cover yourself with blankets or mattresses.
  • Mobile homes provide absolutely no protection from tornadoes! If you live in a mobile home, plan your escape to a nearby sturdy building. At the first sign of an approaching storm go immediately to this building.
  • In homes, apartments, or other small buildings, go to the basement or to a small interior room on the lowest floor like a hall or bathroom closet. Use heavy furniture for shelter or cover yourself with a mattress or blanket.
  • In schools, hospitals, factories, or shopping centers, go to designated safe location.
  • DO NOT TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO IN YOUR CAR! Traffic and the layout of roads may block your escape. You should abandon cars and trucks if a tornado approaches and take shelter in a nearby building. Do not take shelter under a highway overpass. It is best to not put yourself or others in a situation where no sturdy shelter is available.

SEVERE WEATHER RESOURCES

Tornado Safe Room Special Needs Form