Seeking Shelter When Storms Strike

By Stephanie Parkinson

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 6:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind,. (www.incnow.tv) - Knowing where to seek shelter when a storm strikes is something Allen County's Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier stresses is important for everyone in the community.

Summer festivals, other events and Tincap baseball games bring thousands into Downtown Fort Wayne.

Beier says there are several buildings in Downtown Fort Wayne with storm shelters, but even he admits they aren't easy to find if you don't know where they are.

Beier says many of the downtown businesses have discussed with him about adding signage to make finding the shelters easier.

"Much like some of our older generation remembers Civil Defense Days and Fallout Shelter signs, to have something similar today of Storm Shelter signs, where people that are walking around would see those signs and know where safety is," said Beier.

Still he says it's important to just look for these areas yourself and try to be prepared.

"I tell people all the time to always be aware of your surroundings. When you're going to the game, or you're going to the event downtown, ask organizers where do I go? Look for that information, make it your own," said Beier.

Beier says any building that's more than 40 years old is guaranteed to have a basement. Some examples of places with basement storm shelters downtown are The Tower Bank building, The Allen County Courthouse and The Ed Rousseau Building.

In Citizen's Square, at Calhoun and Berry, there are actually signs directing people how to get to their basement storm shelter. But so far, that's the only building with signage.

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