Archive for Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Baldwin City residents can use district’s storm shelter when tornado sirens sound

May 24, 2011

USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy announced that the school district's new Performing Arts Center will be open tonight if tornado sirens are sounded in Baldwin City.

With the threat of severe weather looming today and tonight, Dorathy said the new PAC is open to the anyone seeking a storm shelter. If storm sirens sound in Baldwin City, the shelter will open and remain open until the "all clear" is sounded.

"If the tornado sirens go off, Allen Craig (fire chief) will open the PAC," Dorathy said. "He will get there as soon as possible. Anyone coming to the PAC should park on the north side of the building in the high school parking lot and enter through the new entrance to the PAC on the north side."

Craig and Dorathy opened the PAC on Saturday night and 65 residents stayed inside the new building for two hours. The new PAC was designed as a tornado safe-room to withstand and EF-5 tornado.

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