Please see the information below about Safer Places, how they function during severe weather events, and how your organization can become a Safer Place:
The purpose of the Safer Place Program in Elmore County is to facilitate the opening of pre-designated areas for citizens seeking a safer place prior to and during severe weather conditions. The Safer Place Program is not intended for long-term opening of a building for a mass care shelter. Instead the intent of the program is to provide a safer place (not safe as in a FEMA approved Safe Room), for individuals to seek shelter during severe weather (tornado, extreme cold or extreme heat). There are no meals or services provided by the host facility. Citizens are encouraged to bring anything they may need to sustain themselves (i.e. food, medicine, etc.). The safer place locations are not advertised as “tornado shelters” or “safe rooms” but as a location of last resort for those who need a safer place to stay prior to and during a severe weather event or during times of extreme cold or heat.
Please click here to go to the map for the up to date locations of the Safer Places across Elmore County. Also, you will find information regarding whether or not the shelter is open or closed, whether or not it is handicap accessible, whether or not it is pet friendly, driving directions to get to the Safer Place and helpful information on what door to go to at the facility.
If you have any questions about the program or if you are part of an organization that would like to become a Safer Place in Elmore County, please contact the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency at (334) 567-6451.