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Tornado shelters near me: Emergency storm shelters in North Alabama

With the threat of severe weather in the Tennessee Valley, now is the time to plan where you can go for emergency shelter

ALABAMA, USA — The following sites have opened as storm shelters:

  • Austin High School
  • Decatur High School
  • Basement of Decatur City Hall
  • Hartselle High School

When severe weather strikes, it's important you know where you can go to be safe.

We have compiled a list of storm shelters and places that will take people in when severe weather is approaching. Some are schools, some are churches, and some are actual storm shelters. This is not a complete list.

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Locations may change and you’re advised to contact your local emergency management agency (EMA) for the most updated list of shelters. You can also check with your local EMA to see if you can register your personal storm shelter so that first responders will know that you are there in case you are unable to leave due to debris from severe weather.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will need to check with the individual shelter to see if they are open and what restrictions they might have put in place.

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Pet Friendly Madison County Storm Shelters:

Moores Mill VFD 7416 Moore Mill Road
Huntsville, AL 35811 Capacity: 180
Phone: 256-859-6350
Pets Allowed in Crates: Yes

Crosswinds United Methodist Church
8089 Wall Triana Highway
Harvest, Alabama 35748 Capacity: 400
Phone: 256-325-1550
Pets Allowed in Crates: YES Pets in crates in Hallway leading to Shelter

Madison County EMA Shelter List by WZDX News on Scribd

Decatur

  • Decatur High School and Austin High School will open when a tornado watch is announced for Morgan County. These shelters are only open to the public when school is not in session. Documented service animals will not be allowed in the school shelters. Citizens with documented service animals may seek shelter in the basement of Decatur City Hall.
    • Decatur High School
      910 Somerville Rd SE
      Decatur, AL 35601
    • Austin High School
      3004 Modaus Rd SW
      Decatur, AL 35603
    • Decatur City Hall
      402 Lee Street NE
      Decatur, AL 35601
      Phone- (256) 341-4500

Colbert County Storm Shelters

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Cullman County

  • 112 Fairview Rd., Baileyton
  • 130 Cemetery Rd., Baileyton
  • 600 Fire Station Rd., Baileyton
  • 454 County Road 804, Bethsadia
  • 2729 County Road 143, Bremen
  • 74 County Road 1034, Chapel Village/Jones Chapel
  • 12980 AL Highway 91 South, Colony Senior Center
  • 65 Bryars Road, Town of Colony
  • 15095 County Road 222, Crane Hill Senior Center
  • 1803 Beech Ave., Beech Center
  • 130 Howard Circle, Town of Dodge City
  • 7150 County Road 223, Dodge City VFD
  • 96 Countryside Acres Road, Fairview Housing Authority
  • 501 1st Ave SW, Cullman
  • 134 Municipal Drive, Good Hope
  • 301 Day Gap Rd., Cullman
  • 301 Municipal Drive, Good Hope
  • 5225 County Road 1545, Gold Ridge VFD
  • 202 Bangor Avenue, Hanceville
  • 203 Michelle Street Northwest, Hanceville
  • 1407 Commercial Street, Steppville
  • 1500 Spruce Street Southeast, Hanceville Senior Center
  • 60 Finley Road, Holly Pond
  • 4225 County Road 818, Logan Community
  • 416 County Road 385, Smith Lake Park
  • 10075 AL Highway 69 South, Bremen
  • 60 Ridgeway Street, South Vinemont
  • 576 County Road 1355, Vinemont
  • 3990 County Road 1141, West Point
  • 11160 AL Highway 157, West Point
  • 1539 Sportsman Lake Road, Cullman Senior Center
  • 1511 Sportsman Lake Rd., Cullman (Dog/Cat Friendly)

Dekalb County

  • 1106 Greenbrier Drive, Henagar
  • 2489 Main St., Rainsville
  • 514 Campbell Street, Fyffe 
  • 41309 AL Highway 75, Geraldine
  • 22474 AL Highway 75, Sylvania

Etowah County

  • 104 Case Avenue, Attalla
  • 2040 Macedonia Rd., Gadsden
  • 1551 Mississippi St., Gadsden (Pet friendly) 
  • 201 West Chastain Boulevard, Glencoe
  • 1131 Gladys St., Gadsden (Pet friendly) 
  • 3680 Main St., Altoona
  • 20 Styles Bridge Rd., Collinsville  (Pet friendly) 
  • 102 Case Ave SE, Attalla
  • 3770 Duck Springs Rd., Attalla
  • 1140 Pulltight Rd., Gadsden
  • 569 Egypt Mountain Road, Altoona
  • 9090 Gallant Road, Gallant
  • 2600 East Meighan Blvd., Gadsden (Pet friendly) 
  • US Highway 11 & Keener Lane, Attalla (Pet friendly) 
  • 8804 Highway 431 North, Boaz
  • 3733 US Highway 411 North, Gadsden (Pet friendly) 
  • 6673 Main Street, Hokes Bluff (Pet friendly) 
  • 6151 Bristow Cove Road, Walnut Grove
  • 1400 Riddles Bend Road, Rainbow City (Pet friendly) 
  • 3700 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City (Pet friendly) 
  • 218 Duck Springs Road, Attalla
  • 2255 Highway 77, Southside (Pet friendly) 
  • 2560 Mountain View Drive, Southside (Pet friendly) 
  • 5151 Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove
  • 44 Youngs Chapel road, Piedmont (Pet friendly)

Franklin County

  • Russelville City
    • 201 Ashe Avenue
    • 511 Gaines Avenue
    • 15938 Highway 43 North
    • 1100 Adams Avenue
    • 410 Jackson Avenue North
    • 311 Jackson Avenue North
    • 442 Hamilton Street
    • 1851 Lawrence Street
    • 90 Dillard Hollow Road
    • 1559 City Lake Drive
  • Franklin County
    • 3001 Highway 75, Blue Springs
    • 10365 Highway 81, East Franklin
    • 3675 Gravel Hill Road, Gravel Hill
    • 5588 Highway 93, Union
    • 23 County Road 80, Tharptown
    • 14141 Highway 524, Belgreen
    • 75 Highway 224, Burnout
    • 7464 Highway 41, Frankfort
    • 5215 Highway 22, Frog Pond
    • 1842 Highway 172, Spruce Pine
    • 2785 Highway 90, Pleasant Site
    • 79 Church Street, Vina
    • 575 HIghway 48, Payne Creek Estates
    • 27630 Highway 24 East, Town & Country
  • Phil Campbell City
    • 132 Sherry Bryce Drive
    • 351 Highway 63
    • 580 Railroad Street
    • 19 Stalcup Circle
    • 3643 Nix Road
    • Pinion Drive
  • Red Bay City
    • 1100 4th Street Northeast
    • 509 4th Street Southwest (Pet friendly)
    • 640 2nd Avenue Northeast
    • 627 9th Avenue Northwest

Jackson County

  • 29490 U. S. Highway 72, Hollywood
  • 6369 County Road 33, Hollywood
  • 802 Kentucky Ave., Stevenson
  • 107 Tennessee Ave., Stevenson
  • 325 County Road 3, Princeton
  • 6209 County Road 88, Pisgah
  • 290 County Road 63, Woodville
  • You can register your storm shelter here.

Jackson County EMA Shelters by WZDX News on Scribd

Lauderdale County

  • North Wood United Methodist Church
    1129 Wills Avenue
    Florence, AL
    Pet friendly, all dogs must be on a leash or in a kennel, all cats in a carrier
  • Woodmont Baptist Church
    2001 Darby Drive
    Florence, AL
  • Petersville Church of Christ
    3601 Cloverdale Rd.
    Florence, AL
    Pet friendly, all pets have to be in crates
  • Underwood/Petersville Community Center
    840 County Road 7 (Section Line Road)
    Florence, AL
  • Williams Chapel Presbyterian Church
    6401 County Road 1
    Waterloo, AL
  • Killen United Methodist Church
    201 J.C. Mauldin Hwy.
    Killen, AL
  • Bank Independent
    11250 Hwy. 101
    Lexington, AL
  • Lexington Town Hall (Old Vault Area)
    11060 Hwy. 101 (Don Michael)
    Lexington, AL
  • Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
    8880 County Road 71 (Old Lexington Florence Road, Southwest of Lexington)
    Lexington, AL
  • First Baptist Church of Anderson
    245 Church St.
    Anderson, AL
  • Rogersville United Methodist Church
    51 Turner Lindsey Road
    Rogersville, AL
  • Rogersville Church of Christ
    450 College Street (County Road 26)
    Rogersville, AL
  • First Baptist Church of Rogersville
    222 College Street (County Road 26)
    Rogersville, AL
  • Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
    2705 County Rd 222
    Florence, AL 35633
  • Elgin United Methodist Church
    2743 Hwy 101
    Elgin, AL

Lawrence County 

No pets, only ADA certified service animals

  • (Across road from Moulton Senior Center)
    14201 Court St.,
    Moulton, AL
  • (Behind Western Sirloin Steakhouse)
    200 Almon Drive
    Moulton, AL
  • (At Senior Center)
    3142 County Road 460
    Mt. Hope, AL
  • (Caddo)
    6229 County Road 214
    Trinity, AL
  • (Red Bank Park)
    1933 County Road 314
    Town Creek, AL
  • (Roy Coffey Park)
    3581 Jefferson St.
    Courtland, AL
  • Town Creek
    1025 Wallace Street
    Town Creek, AL
  • Hillsboro
    11720 Main Street (South of the Railroad Tracks)
    Hillsboro, AL
  • (Behind Speake Senior Site)
    6619 County Road 81
    Danville, AL
  • (Hatton Senior Center)
    7044 Alabama Highway 101
    Town Creek, AL
  • Wren Community next to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
    11440 Al Highway 33
    Moulton, AL
  • Five Points Community, Next to Speake Fire Station Number 2 7301 County Road 87
    Moulton, AL

Limestone County

Shelters will be opened when a tornado watch is issued for Limestone County. Pets are not permitted in any shelters with the exception of those being used as service animals for persons with disabilities.

  • Ardmore Community Safe Room
    29910 Park Avenue
    Ardmore, AL 35739
  • Ark of Promise Community Safe Room
    15159 Browns Ferry Rd.
    Athens, AL 35611
  • Clements Community Safe Room
    9158 U.S. Hwy. 72 W.
    Athens, AL 35611
  • Cowford Community Safe Room
    14008 Grover Dr.
    Athens, AL 35611
  • Elkmont Community Safe Room
    19663 Sandlin Rd.
    Elkmont, AL 35620
  • Goodsprings Community Safe Room
    33634 AL Hwy. 99
    Anderson, AL 35610
  • Owens Community Safe Room
    17196 Glaze Rd.
    Athens, AL 35611
  • Pine Ridge Community Safe Room
    10078 Settle Rd.
    Athens, AL 35611
  • Pisgah Community Safe Room
    27718 McKee Rd.
    Toney, AL 35773
  • Pleasant Grove Community Safe Room
    9080 Upper Snake Road
    Athens, AL 35614
  • Wooley Springs Community Safe Room
    26069 AL Hwy. 251
    Elkmont, AL 35620
  • You can register your storm shelter here.

Madison County

  • 7416 Moores Mill Rd., Huntsville
  • 5351 Main Dr., New Hope
  • 5507 Main Dr., New Hope
  • 1418 Old Railroad Bed Rd., Madison
  • 626 Murphy Hill Rd., Toney
  • 280 Zierdt Rd., Madison
  • You can register your storm shelter here.

Marshall County

Only service animals for the disabled allowed in shelter. No household pets allowed in shelter for reasons of safety and liability.

  • Asbury Martling
    4059 Martling Rd
    Albertville, AL
    (by Martling Senior Center)
  • Claysville
    22165 US Hwy 431,
    Guntersville, AL
    (by Cedar Lodge Center)
  • Georgia Mountain
    2485 Georgia Mtn Rd
    Guntersville, AL
    (by Georgia Mtn VFD)
  • Grant
    307 2nd Ave West
    Grant, AL
    (by Grant Recreation Center)
  • Grant
    21 1st Ave West
    Grant, AL
    (by D2 Shop)
  • Hebron
    90 Hebron School Rd
    Grant, AL
    (by Hebron VFD)
  • Mt. Pleasant
    5743 Simpson Point Rd
    Grant, AL
  • Nixon Chapel
    7925 Nixon Chapel Rd
    Horton, AL
    (by Nixon Chapel VFD)
  • Pleasant Grove
    7275 Section Line Road
    Albertville, AL
    (by Pleasant Grove VFD)
  • Riverview
    1345 Cha-La-Kee Road
    Guntersville, AL
    (by Riverview Campground)
  • Scant City
    3850 Eddy Scant Rd
    Arab, AL
    (by D1 Shop)
  • Swearengin
    5120 Swearengin Rd
    Swearengin, AL
    (by Swearengin VFD)
  • Wakefield
    777 South Sauty Rd
    Langston, AL
    (by Wakefield VFD)
  • Whitesville
    118 Whitesville Church Rd
    Boaz, AL
  • You can register your storm shelter here.

Morgan County 

No pets at any shelter.