The public use of tornado safe rooms on three Greenwood School District campuses includes a set of rules intended to keep the shelters safe for all who use them.
The three locations are Westwood Elementary (300 Westwood Drive), between East Hills Middle School and East Pointe Elementary (1265 Raymond Wells Drive) and the High School (414 East Gary Street). The doors automatically open when the tornado siren is sounded by the Greenwood Police Department and there is a person assigned to man each shelter.
The shelters are used for school activities during the day and are serviced daily. There are rules that govern the usage of the storm shelters and they are posted at each location.
During school hours, students and staff have priority for safe room occupancy. The community will only be admitted after all of the students have been sheltered. Greenwood’s storm shelters are only open to the public when a tornado warning has been issued and/or the tornado sirens have been sounded. They will only be open until the warning is lifted. When the warning expires, the safe rooms must be evacuated.
Pets are not allowed in the safe rooms unless they are confined in an owner provided and airline approved pet carrier. Food and drink are also not permitted in the shelter. Smoking and tobacco usage are forbidden on all school property in accordance with Arkansas law. Possession of firearms on school property is also forbidden. Radios or music devices may be used only with individual earphones and the safe room doors must remain closed at all times.
The Greenwood Police Department sends vehicles around during tornado warnings with additional sirens and lights to further warn the citizens of Greenwood that the shelters have been opened.