Shelter Registration in Lauderdale County Could Save Lives

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Three years ago, after tornados swept through north Alabama on April 27th, the Lauderdale County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments started compiling a list of residential storm shelters.

Leaders are now trying to re-spark interest and add to the list.

After a tornado hits, first responders say the moments following are crucial to saving lives.

Knowing exactly where people are located in a storm shelter was just one lesson learned after the April 27th tornadoes that destroyed the town of Hamilton and city of Phil Campbell.

“We would show up, we would search the structure or what was left of it, and then we would leave if we didn’t know there was a storm shelter there. If there is an entire roof sitting over a small door we may not see that,” explained Adam McCanless, president of the Lauderdale County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments.

McCanless is hoping to re-energize the efforts to get every private storm shelter in Lauderdale County registered with the local volunteer fire departments.

“We’ll compile a whole list and then we’ll break it down to jurisdiction and send it out to the different departments so they have a list of the storm shelters in their coverage area,” said McCanless.

The information you provide now McCanless says, could save your life in the future.

To register your storm shelter in Lauderdale County, visit the associations website by following this link to the Lauderdale County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments web-site.

You will have the option of registering on-line or by printing out the form and mailing it in.