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Kenton to open safe room

Kenton to open safe room

Kenton is getting ready for spring weather with the opening of the community’s tornado safe room.
An open house for the new Kenton Tornado Safe Room will be held Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the facility, located at Kenton School.
The community is encouraged to attend the event, which will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 by the Gibson County Chamber of Commerce.
The safe room entrance is situated on the north end of Kenton School, located just off Highway 45.
During Sunday’s event, Gibson Electric Membership Corp. will have weather radios available for sale, according to an invitation and information provided by Kenton School principal Renee Childs, the Kenton Special School District board of trustees and the City of Kenton.
The administration of the safe room at the school said the room is being provided for the convenience and safety of the children and the public in the event of threatening weather.
Ms. Childs said the opening of the safe room is a very significant event for the rural area, adding it would be wonderful if all communities could pursue such a project.
The safe room has a capacity of 725 people. It will be available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, upon weather warning, with a beacon light to signal when the room is open.
During a weather warning, city or law enforcement officials will open the end doors to the community and school students will shelter in a separate room from the public.
The safe room will not be open to the public until a city official is present and, once the doors are shut due to impending threatening weather, no one will enter or leave until it is deemed safe by the official, according to the information provided to The Messenger.
Restrooms and a generator for electricity will be available at the safe room. There will be no food or coolers allowed, no animals allowed, no firearms or weapons allowed, no smoking, no drugs or alcohol allowed and no loud music allowed. Users are also asked to dress appropriately, with shirt and shoes required.
Each family or adult using the safe room will be required to sign a disclaimer at the time they sign in to enter the safe room.

Published in The Messenger 4.13.12

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