Smithville gets school storm shelters

By The Associated Press

SMITHVILLE — Behind Smithville’s temporary school building, now stand 42 storm shelters as a safe place for just under 600 faculty and students.

It’s something many in the town of Smithville never thought they would need, but following April’s tornado storm shelters became an important topic around town.

Smithville High School principal Chad O’Brian said that students now have someplace safe to go if severe weather strikes.

The previous plan was to hop in school buses and go across town to what is considered a safe spot. Now, that safe zone will come just feet away from the classrooms.

O’Brian says the shelters are top of the line, state-of-the-art. Mostly, he says, they provide peace of mind.

Storm shelters were made available through a grant by FEMA.