Athens High School Safe Room & Storm Shelter
The AHS Storm Shelter is open to the public when a tornado watch is issued for Limestone County only when school is closed/dismissed. Please see shelter rules below.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE Check this webpage and the ACS Facebook Page for shelter opening information.
WHEN SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED
The Athens High School storm shelter is open to the public during severe weather threats outside of normal school hours that include a tornado watch for Limestone County. During school hours, the facility is for students and staff of ACS. During severe weather conditions, the shelter will open its doors when a tornado watch is issued for Limestone County. The entrance to the shelter is on the southeast side of the building (the side nearest Pryor Street). The entrance door faces east and enters directly into the shelter. Community members seeking shelter do not enter through the school.
SAFE ROOM RULES (STRICTLY ENFORCED)
ABOUT THE SAFE ROOM
- No fire arms or weapons permitted.
- No smoking or vaping allowed.
- No alcoholic beverages or drugs allowed.
- No outside food or drinks allowed.
- No pets allowed, with the exception of Certified Service Animals (registration documents are required).
- Children must be supervised at all times.
- Be respectful of others.
- Additional COVID-19 Rule: Masks are required
The Athens High School school and community safe room opened in 2019. The shelter has the capacity to hold 1,500 people. When school is in session, the safe room is used by students and staff. When school is not in session, the safe room will be open to the public if and when a tornado watch is issued for Limestone County. The safe room is equipped with first aid kits, therapy kits, restrooms, a water fountain and a television.