Huntsville-Madison County EMA seeks to launch online shelter database

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  During severe weather events, WHNT News 19 and the Huntsville-Madison County EMA receives numerous calls from residents wondering where they can go for shelter.

“The EMA unfortunately hasn’t kept track of that information because it’s so fluid. Some places will open, some places will close,” said Paige Colburn.

Wednesda, Colburn hosted  a Q&A with Madison County church leaders to discuss the ins and outs of running a shelter and the EMA’s goal to launch a website like Shelter Etowah.

Through the site people can navigate through maps that show them exactly where the shelters are. They can narrow shelters down by regulations – like if it’s wheelchair accessible, or if pets are allowed in any capacity.

Churches that participate will be able to long in and change their status to ‘open’ or ‘closed’ during weather events. And with a click, residents can find the nearest safe-haven during a storm.

HMCEMA is currently seeking funding for the website project.  Officials are reaching out to churches and facilities that are willing to take part in the database.

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