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Community Tornado Shelter Procedure
Community Tornado Shelter Procedure
Beth Shumate
Thursday, August 27, 2020

                                                                                 Tornado Safe Room Procedures
     Magazine School District in partnership with Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) is fortunate to have a constructed a Safe Room. They are designed and
constructed to withstand the pressures of 200 mile-per-hour tornadic winds. Safe Room
doors will be unlocked at the first Tornado Warning siren. Safe Room doors Do
Not
open until that time.


Safe Room Procedures
  • Safe Room doors will be unlocked with the first “Tornado Warning” siren. 
  • Safe Room will close when “Tornado Warning” expires. All occupants should leave at that time. 
  • Safe Room will accommodate pets contained within airline approved pet carriers.  
  • Safe Room and school campuses are tobacco-free facilities per Arkansas law. 
  • Safe Room doors are to remain closed at all times. 
  • Radios or music devices may be used only with individual earphones.  
  • Locker rooms, offices, and closets are not part of the safe room and not constructed to withstand a tornado. Individuals will not be allowed to shelter in those areas.

During the COVID Pandemic

  • Every person is required to wear a face covering completely over the mouth and nose.
  • Social Distancing from non-household members of six (6) feet or more is encouraged.
Priority Occupation
  • Students, school faculty and staff have priority during the school day. 
  • During severe weather after school hours the Safe Room is available for community shelter. 
General Information
  • Safe Room is not stocked with food, cots, pillows or blankets. 
  • Safe Room is stocked with a first aid kit and 20 or fewer chairs for the elderly and/or physically challenged. 
  • Designated personnel will close the facility when the Tornado Warning has expired.