Digital Original: Conway prepared for storms and severe damage with multi-purpose storm shelters

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CONWAY, Ark. — High winds and severe weather brushed through several parts of Northeast and Central Arkansas early Monday morning.

The storm impacted at least 17 different counties over the course of the night.

The City of Conway is showing it is better to be prepared than, not, especially during an emergency.

Aerial view of the City of Conway the morning after storms passed through parts of Northeast and Central Arkansas.

City spokesman Bobby Kelly says although, no serious storm damage occurred last nights storms serve as good reminder to people to have a plan in place sooner rather than later.

“Catch yourself in a situation like you did last night. Where some inclement weather is coming our way and there is a chance. Then go ahead and put in that plan together with your family. Find that close public school and figure out how to get there as quickly as possible.” Kelly said.

Conway public schools have 13 multi-purpose storm shelters or “safe-rooms” located through out the school district.

The shelters are wired in with the City of Conway’s severe weather alert system.

When the sirens go off for a tornado warning, the doors open automatically for community members to go inside.

Here you can find the full list of “safe room” locations and how you can help get a plan in place for your family.

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