Salem Has First Community Gathering Point For Severe WeatherSalem has its first gathering place for those in need of a shelter during severe weather.
Salem Emergency Management Director Terry Mulvany says the Church of Christ on Route 50 East has agreed to open it's basement as a shelter in the event a tornado warning is issued. Mulvaney reports several other churches are also considering the use of their basements as gathering places. However, church board approval has not yet been received.
Mulvany and Salem Mayor John Raymer had asked churches for assistance in solving the shelter problem at a meeting earlier this year. A larger list of gathering places is expected to be announced by the Mayor sometime in May. Salem has been without a place for people to go in the event of tornadic activity since the basement of the Marion County Public Service building was converted into offices.
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