Residents and students in the Dover, Arkansas area now have two more safe havens in the case of severe weather.
The Dover School District hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for the recently completed safe room at Dover Elementary School.
The district hosted a ribbon cutting for the high school’s safe room, constructed at roughly the same time and actually completed after the elementary facility, in November.
Superintendent Jerry Owens said the public reaction to the completion of the facilities has been extremely positive.
“We’ve got a building rated for 250 mile-per-hour winds so people can make sure that — first and foremost that the students are safe — and also it’s available for the community,” Owens said.
School board member Thomas Hill noted the facilities are equipped with a feature that automatically unlocks the building when sirens are activated.
“You have to live fairly close, but with the weather we’ve had in years past, if you watch the forecast you can kind of track the line and know when it’s coming,” Owens said. “It’s nice for people to know they have a safe place to go.”
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