If we find ourselves under a tornado warning, is the HHS shelter still open to the public?
Hartselle High School will be open in the event of a Tornado Warning. However, there will be special guidelines in place to protect our community as well as the First Responders who will be staffing the facility.
By entering, you are acknowledging that you are aware of and are voluntarily going against the recommendation provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for being in groups of 10 or less. We will not be able to guarantee the recommended social distancing of 6 feet or more. No person under quarantine or who has tested positive for the COVID 19 virus may enter the shelter. Also, we reserve the right to refuse to allow persons displaying symptoms of the COVID 19 virus the right to remain inside the shelter. Under the direction of FEMA, shelters will be open, enter at your own risk. This notice will also be posted at the shelter.
Hartselle High Storm Shelter Guidelines:
Citizens will be required to wait inside their vehicles in the parking lot of the school during an active Tornado Watch.
The shelter will only be opened when a Tornado Warning is anticipated.
Citizens are advised to enter the shelter at their own risk and there is no guarantee the six-foot distancing rule will be possible. Warning signs will be posted.
Citizens must sign an entry log in case there is a future need to notify of potential exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID 19.
Only the hallway portion of the shelter will be utilized unless crowds exceed capacity. Please bring a bag chair if prolonged standing is a concern.
Citizens are encouraged to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer.
NO PETS are allowed.
We highly encourage the public to seek alternative shelter options that don’t pose the risks associated with large gatherings while there is still adequate time to plan ahead.
Anyone refusing directives of any official will be removed.