Storm Shelter Registration program announced

Storm Shelter Registration program announced

By Jim Bryan, Emergency Management Coordinator

 

 

 

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene and Taylor County announce a Storm Shelter Registration program available to all residents. This free and opt-in program will provide emergency responders with a database of storm shelter/safe room/basement locations within the City of Abilene and Taylor County. Information gathered will be accessible only to emergency responders and will not be shared or distributed for any other reason. Valuable information on the database such as shelter address, shelter type and shelter location on the property can help emergency agencies locate and assist residents who may have become trapped inside their shelters due to falling debris, structure collapse or other emergency situations. {{more}} Lieutenant Greg Goettsch of the Abilene Fire Department states, “This information could be crucial in the timely rescue of survivors of storm activity or malicious attacks by intruders who are otherwise unable to exit the structure without assistance.” To register, citizens can go to the City’s website, www.abilenetx.com and look under I Want To… then click on Register My Storm Shelter. Citizens can also register by visiting the Taylor County website, www.taylorcountytexas.org and look under Government Offices, Emergency Mgmt. & Environmental Enforcement, then click on Storm Shelter Registration. Those who need assistance completing the form may contact 211Texas by dialing 2-1-1 or 673-8211 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.