Athens High School Safe Room & Storm Shelter

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    The AHS Storm Shelter will be open to the public only after school is dismissed and if a tornado watch is issued on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Masks are required. Please see all the shelter rules below. 


    IMPORTANT COVID MESSAGE Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Athens High School storm shelter will be open to the public during severe weather on an event-by-event basis. Check this webpage and the ACS Facebook Page for shelter opening information. Learn more about the coronavirus health crisis and the effect on Athens City Schools at acs-k12.org/coronavirus

    WHEN SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED
    Due to COVID, the safe room will only be open on a case-by-case basis until further notice. 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. 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. 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 Map SAFE ROOM RULES (STRICTLY ENFORCED)
    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 Rule:  Masks are required.
     
    SECURITY
    Police security from the Athens Police Department will be on site when the shelter is open to the community.
     
    ABOUT THE SAFE ROOM
    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 (due to COVID, the safe room will only be open on a case-by-case basis until further notice). The safe room is equipped with first aid kits, therapy kits, restrooms, a water fountain and a television.