Community Storm Shelter Designation Possible Today

At this afternoon’s study session, Kirksville City Council members will discuss what the city is doing to help residents shelter during severe weather.

At this moment, there are no formally-designated community shelters in Kirksville. Building one would be expensive, but city leaders will hear tonight about a proposed partnership with Northeast Regional Medical Center that would create a community shelter without having to build one. Northeast Regional officials have offered the hospital’s basement as a shelter for those who don’t have one. That space can be accessed 24/7 if a shelter is needed. Fire Chief Randy Behrens will give the council more details on the proposal during the study session, which starts at 4:30 this afternoon.