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Be Prepared: Register your storm shelter

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In almost all cases, going to an up-to-FEMA-code storm shelter will be the absolute safest location when severe weather strikes.

Area safety officials will generally open shelters once a tornado watch has been issued for the immediate area. You should check with your local emergency management agency to verify locations and opening times.

If you’re looking for a public shelter near you, we have an interactive map here.

With more and more people opting to have a shelter installed in their own home, you don’t want to forget this small, but crucial step – registering your storm shelter.

The process is done online, is completely confidential, and only takes a few minutes… but could shave many minutes off of first responders' time.

You’ll be asked your address, where your shelter is located – above or below ground – and how many people will normally be inside the shelter. In some events, like April 27, although unharmed, residents found themselves unable to leave their shelter because of debris blocking the door.

These details allow first responders to know exactly where to look for your family.

If your county is not listed above, contact your local EMA for a printed version of the registration form.

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