Labette County USD 506 announced that all six tornado shelters are complete in the district.

“In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, we want our patrons to know which of our facilities will be open and available to the public and which ones are not,” Assistant Superintendent Tony Blackwell said. “Meadow View Grade School, the Altamont Grade School and Mound Valley Grade School are not open to the public. The shelters at Labette County High School in Altamont, the Edna Grade School and the Bartlett Grade School shelters will be open to the public if a tornado warning is issued. Mound Valley residents please note that you can take shelter at the community building.

“Since we are now in the season of the year when tornadoes are most common, please keep the following in mind if you should need to utilize one of our storm shelters. First, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, keep your social distancing as much as space allows while being sheltered. Second, review the following rules/guidelines.”

Federal Emergency Management Agency shelter occupants are expected to adhere to basic rules and conduct themselves in an orderly fashion. Basic community shelter rules include the following:

— During school hours and/or school activities that take place outside of the normal school day, students and staff have priority for shelter occupancy.

— The FEMA shelter is open to the public when a tornado warning has been issued or the tornado sirens have sounded. 

— The shelter will remain open only until the warning is lifted. When the warning expires, the shelter must be evacuated.

— A shelter manager and/or shelter supervisor is in charge and will be on duty to maintain the facility and to close it after the tornado warning expires. Please follow the directions of the shelter manager or the school administrator at all times. 

— Weapons are prohibited in the shelter or on all school property. Only law enforcement officials will be allowed to possess firearms. 

— Smoking or the use of tobacco in any form is prohibited in the shelter and on all school property. 

— Alcohol and drugs (other than those prescribed by a doctor) are prohibited in the shelter and on all school property.

— Pets are not allowed in the shelter except for certified service animals as per FEMA guidelines.

— Radios or music devices may be used only with individual earphones.

— Everyone must sign in on the tornado shelter notebook upon arrival at the shelter. 

— Shelter occupants who do not adhere to the shelter rules or are disruptive to the orderly functioning of the shelter will be referred to security or local law enforcement personnel and may have to be removed from the facility.

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