Right now, there are no public storm shelters available in the city of Lebanon. But, that is about to change. On October 13th, the Lebanon R-3 School board will consider approval of a formal agreement with the City of Lebanon which will allow for public use of district storm shelters. Lebanon R-3 Superintendent David Schmitz


In the agreement, the proposed storm shelters are located at Lebanon Middle School, and Maplecrest Elementary School, where a tornado shelter is under construction. The school district has applied for a FEMA grant which will provide funds for the construction of a storm shelter at Boswell Elementary School. If the project is approved, that shelter will also be available public use. As part of the agreement, during tornadic storms, a police officer will be dispatched to the school to unlock the storm shelter for the public, otherwise the building will remain locked during times when school is not in session.