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Communities offer unlocked public tornado shelters


These communities offer safe rooms or basements that serve as public tornado shelters. They are unlocked during a tornado warning, even in the middle of the night.

Andover – Police department, 909 Andover Road

Augusta – Public safety building safe room, 2100 N. Ohio

Cheney – Senior center, 516 N. Main

Derby – Fire Station No. 2, 1401 N. Rock Road, Derby; Pleasant View Baptist Church, 1335 N. Buckner

Douglass – Middle school support facility, 914 E. First St.

El Dorado – City hall basement, 220 E. 1st; senior center, 210 E. 2nd

Haysville – City hall, 200 W. Grand

Park City – City hall, 6110 N. Hydraulic

Maize – Community center, 401 S. Khedive; city hall, 10100 Grady Ave. (use storm shelter entrance on front of building by flag pole)

Mulvane – City hall, 211 N. 2nd (enter through the police department door on the east side); and the EMS station, 910 E. Main

Rose Hill – Christian Church, 314 N. Rose Hill Road; First Baptist Church, 1206 N. Rose Hill Road; Bible Church, 1410 N. Main; United Methodist Youth Center, 109 N. Main (use south door on Showalter); city hall, 125 W. Rosewood, Butler County Fire Station, 911 N. Rose Hill Road

Valley Center – Methodist Church, 560 N. Park (has handicap lift); Life Point Assembly of God, 400 S. Abilene; Grace Connections, 300 N. Ash (has single handicap chair lift); community building, 316 E. Clay

Wellington – Sumner Regional Medical Center, 1323 N. A St. (use southeast basement entrance; accepts pets in carriers); Sumner Care Center, 1600 W. 8th St. (use rear entrance under carport); old junior high school, 311 North A St. (use east entrance)

If you are traveling on the Kansas Turnpike, the Turnpike Authority has tornado shelters near its toll booths and in the service stations in the service areas: Belle Plaine, milepost 26; Towanda, milepost, 65; Matfield Green, milepost 97; Emporia, milepost 132; Topeka, milepost 188; Lawrence, milepost 209.

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