Rosalie woman struggles to get into safety shelter during the storm

Northeast Alabama
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ROSALIE, Ala. -  Camille Gant and her friend, Brandon Tripp, were in a store in the Rosalie Plaza. They were listening to the radio right before the storm hit.

"It said a tornado was going to hit the Rosalie community at 12:05am, and we looked at the clock and it was 12:03," said Camille Gant, community member.

Camille and Brandon then rushed to the shelters for safety. When they pulled up and ran to the first door, it was locked.

"So next we went over to this door and we tried it and it wouldn't open."

The doors on the front side of the shelters were open, but Camille says with the direction of the storm and the amount of time, they couldn't get to them. Camille says she panicked, but Brandon thought quickly, dragging both of them in between the shelters for safety.

"We went to right here, and we laid down.  I sat on this side and he sat on that side, and we held each other."

Camille says as they laid in between the shelters, they were banging and screaming for help.  A couple from inside heard them and helped pull them into the shelter.  She says she's never been so relieved in her life.

"The community needs to unlock all of these doors, because they are the doors that you.. When you drive up, they're the first doors you see.  They're the doors that you would go into."

Camille says she is going to continue to reach out to community officials to get some answers.

"The next time that this happens, somebody may not be as lucky as us and survive. Somebody might get killed."

She continuously thanks her friend Brandon Tripp and that couple for saving her life.

We took action and reached out to the Jackson County EMA about that locked door.

Officials there tell us the front doors are the only ones that are unlocked and open for use.

They also encourage residents to establish an emergency plan and visit the shelters before a storm actually hits.

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