FAIR GROVE, Mo. -- The City of Fair Grove is preparing for the next severe storm.
Friday night, the new community storm shelter officially opened. If there is a tornado warning, the National Weather Service will send an electrical signal to the shelter. That signal will open the doors on the east side of the building so people in the area can get inside and take shelter.
"The building itself will withstand an EF-5 tornado," says Fair Grove Superintendent John Link. "It will be used during the day as a P.E. classroom for our middle school students and then in the evening it will be used for activities for the community as well as a safe place in the even of a storm."
The 8,900 square-foot shelter is large enough to hold about 1,600 people.
In May 2009, a storm hit the city, doing considerable damage to Fair Grove Elementary.