Storm Shelter FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Where is the storm shelter located?
    The storm shelter is located directly behind Southside City Hall at 2255 Highway 77.

  • When are the shelters opened?
    Weather can be unpredictable so the standing rule is that the shelter will be opened upon the issuance of a warning by the National Weather Service, however, in some instances where the threat of severe weather and damaging wind is predicted and is imminent, the shelter will be opened in advance of the official storm warnings.

  • Is there a designated parking area?
    Yes. Residents should use the parking area located on the side of City Hall.

  • What do I need to bring?
    You are not required to bring anything to the shelters, but understandably you might find yourself in the shelter for several hours, so items like blankets and pillows are acceptable items to bring inside for your comfort and for the comfort of your children. Note: You are responsible for your own property and the City of Southside will not be held liable for the loss or damage of your property.

  • Who supervises the shelter?
    The City of Southside will assign an on-site supervisor that will assist the public with any questions and will monitor the building while it is being occupied. The supervisor will be an employee of the City of Southside or a certified official.

  • How safe is the shelter?
    The shelter has been built to withstand wind speeds of up to 250mph and impact from flying debris. According to the NOAA EF4 tornados have wind speeds of 166-200mph while EF5 tornados have wind speeds in excess of 200mph.