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Community Storm Shelter Information

Community Storm Shelter Information

The Carthage R-9 School District has one community safe room available to you in the event of severe weather.  The location is:

Carthage Junior High School, 827 E. Centennial Carthage, MO 64836 –MAX CAPACITY  2079

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 an d/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 animals are allowed in Community Safe Rooms.
  • Radios or music devices may be used only with individual earphones.
  • Safe Room doors must be closed at all times.