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Shelter Guides

By Sam Poe
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Due to another serious round of severe weather moving through the area this afternoon, area shelters will open again when a tornado watch is issued.  Todos refugios se abrirá si se coloca bajo una alerta de tornado.

In Haleyville, shelters are available at the Senior Citizen Center near the Dixie Youth fields behind Pinkard Funeral Home, behind the Neighborhood Facilities Building, at the Scout Hut in South Haleyville, at the airport, in the basement of the Littleville United Methodist Church, and at the downtown safe center behind McDonalds.  

In Bear Creek, shelters are available in the basement of the Bobby Bishop Community Center and on State Highway 13 across from Phillips High School.

In Lynn and Natural Bridge, shelters are located at the Lynn Church of Christ and Lynn Town Hall.  The Natural Bridge Community Center shelter IS NOT OPEN yet.

In Phil Campbell, shelters are available at the swimming pool on College Road and at the baseball field on County Road 63. If Franklin County Schools were dismissed prior to the watch, the shelters at Phil Campbell High School will also be open to the public.

In Hackleburg, shelters can be found at the Wiggington Community Center, on Gober Road, on County Road 12, and on Old Hackleburg Road at the Housing Authority.

In Double Springs, the only shelter is located in the basement of the Winston County Courthouse. 

Quick tips for shelters:

  • Food will not be provided. Bring snacks and drinks for your family, as many restaurants will close due to the severe weather.
  • No animals are allowed unless they are designated and have certification for assistance dogs.
  • Children will get bored. Bring games and/or books to keep them entertained, but remember that electrical outlets may not be available for electronics.
  • Always have photo IDs for all of your family members in case identification is need in an emergency situation.
  • Bring any medication for all family members, as the time you will be at the shelter is undetermined.
  • Do not bring valuable items such as keepsakes and jewelry, as the cities will not be held responsible for lost items. 
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