Carthage R-9 Community Storm Shelters
Carthage R9 Schools will provide shelter opportunities to four areas of the Carthage community for quicker access to a safe area. The R9 district has a Community FEMA Storm Shelter and three School Storm Shelters. Please see the definitions below:
Community FEMA Storm Shelter
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Safe Rooms are owned by the Carthage School District and its first function is to provide protection for the students and staff during tornado and extreme high wind events during school hours. Carthage R9 has one community shelter located at the Carthage Junior High School. This shelter is available 24 hours per day/seven days per week when a tornado warning is issued, even during school hours.
School Storm Shelters - available after school hours only
School Storm Shelters are not available to the public during school hours as the shelter occupancy levels were designed only for students and staff. Columbian Elementary, Carthage Intermediate Center, and Pleasant Valley Elementary School Storm Shelters will be open for public use during non-school hours.