Storm shelters open up around the Wiregrass in anticipation of severe weather

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OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) - Some Wiregrass cities are taking proactive measures ahead of Thursday night's forecast for severe weather.

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In Ozark, the doors to Carroll High School at 8 p.m.

Coordinators say they plan to stay open until the storm completely passes over, so people would have plenty of time to make it to the school before the weather got too bad.

With the recent tornadoes in Beauregard, Eufaula, and Troy, the city doesn't want to take any chances.

The mayor issued a press release Thursday afternoon asking people to evacuate to a safe location if they aren't comfortable in their homes.

For anyone living in Ozark that wants to come to the shelter, it's at the 'Eagle Way' entrance to the school in the choir room.

When the school was built in 2013, high-tech safety features were installed. This includes 3 FEMA certified shelters that can hold up to 1,100 people.

They've provided water, but they are asking people to bring a pillow and a blanket, as well as any medications they may have.

Also, no pets are allowed.

The mayor ended the press release saying stay safe and stay alert, and that ought to apply to everyone in the Wiregrass Thursday night.

Shelters have also opened up In Covington, Houston, and Pike counties. Here’s the full list with addresses:

COVINGTON COUNTY:
Shelter/Safe Havens:
Multi-Purpose Room of the Andalusia Junior High School. The location of the shelter is at 408 4th Ave. Andalusia, Alabama. The shelter will open at 9 PM to allow for individuals to get into the shelter BEFORE the storm system arrives. PLEASE, DO NOT attempt to come to the shelter after a Tornado Warning has been issued. Anyone planning on coming to the shelter will be responsible to bring everything they need for the duration of their stay. Items such as food, water, chairs, sleeping bags/bedding, hygiene items, books/coloring books, electronics, and things to occupy small children will not be provided. The Covington County VOAD group will be monitoring the shelter.

DALE COUNTY:
Shelter/Safe Havens:
Carrol High School in Ozark will open as a severe weather shelter tonight beginning at 8 p.m. Those coming to the shelter need to bring any medication and comfort items (bedding pillows). Pets are not allowed at the Carrol High shelter.

HOUSTON COUNTY:
Shelter/Safe Havens:
Dothan Downtown: First Baptist Church Family Life, 300 West Main Street behind the main Church. Opening up at 9 p.m. as a safe haven until the storm passes. Anyone planning on coming to the shelter will be responsible to bring everything they need for the duration of their stay. Items such as food, water, chairs, sleeping bags/bedding, hygiene items, books/coloring books, electronics, and things to occupy small children will not be provided. Will close after the storm passes. PLEASE, DO NOT attempt to come to the shelter after a Tornado Warning has been issued. No pets.

Wicksburg Area: Pilgrim Home Baptist Church, 13534 US Hwy 84, will be opened Thursday night beginning at 11 p.m. as a storm shelter. Please bring a pillow, blanket, any medicines you must have. Encourage your neighbors that reside in mobile homes to seek safety during this storm. No Pets.

PIKE COUNTY:
Shelter/Safe Havens:
The Troy Recreation Center and Trojan center on Troy University’s campus will serve as shelters tonight beginning at 7 p.m.