With severe weather season in full swing, the city of Pittsburg is reminding residents to seek their own safety as the area has no public storm shelters.
Pittsburg has never had a public shelter.
City leaders say that’s because they want to minimize the amount of people on the roads trying to get to shelters when severe weather strikes.
There are storm shelters located in area schools, but those are meant to serve the students.
The Pittsburg Fire Department suggests taking the time to purchase your own shelter, as often times home shelters are much more safe.
Mike Simons, the Fire Chief for the Pittsburg Fire Dept., says, “I spoke this morning even with the Crawford county emergency manager and with the national weather service, and they’re also leading that the fastest and best way to protect you and your family is to shelter in place.”
And once you determine where your storm shelter is in your home, the fire department suggests to get it registered with the county.
In the event severe weather strikes, search and rescue teams will know where to check for you and your loved ones.