When the winds pick up and the rain gets heavy some Gadsden residents now have a safe place to go. The Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency opened to the public two new storm shelters yesterday.
The new shelters are located on Gladys Street in West Gadsden, in the parking lot of Dwight Field Baseball Park, and on Mississippi Street in the parking lot of Jack Lowe Sr. Baseball Park. The shelters will each hold 113 people and are equipped with a generator. EMA Operations and Planning Specialist Josh Tanner says check the Shelter Etowah app for details.
Tanner also says that when a weather warning is needed Gadsden/ Etowah County EMA will notify authorities to open the shelters and once they are ready an alert will be sent out letting people know where they can go to be safe. The shelters can withstand up to F5 tornado winds, which is at least 250 miles per hour.