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Monett ready for storms

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Emergency planners in Monett are continuing their preparation for severe storm season.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Bonnie Witt-Schulte said all the sirens in Monett tested properly when the city participated on the state tornado drill.

Monett has no storm shelters approved to meet standards under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Witt-Schulte said Monett has nine community refuge areas where people are more likely to be safe. Most are located in churches and are dependent upon someone unlocking the facility.

"It's the best we can provide," Witt-Schulte said. "The Monett Justice Center is always open, because we're always here [at the dispatch center]. The fire station at City Hall should always be open as well."

Community refuge centers and their locations are as follows:

* City hall basement at 217 Fifth St.

* Monett YMCA at 205 Euclid.

* First Baptist Church at 412 Fourth St.

* St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 405 Seventh St.

* First Freewill Baptist Church at Central and Sycamore.

* First Christian Church, at 603 Fourth St. (tornado shelter only).

* Waldensian Presbyterian Church at South Waldensian Road.

* First Presbyterian Church at 700 E. Sycamore (tornado shelter only).

* Monett Justice Center at 1901 E. Cleveland.

For more information about storm shelters, contact Witt-Schulte at 235-4241 or Barry County Emergency Management Director Dave Compton at 235-0200.

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