Updated list of community storm shelters

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Storm shelters at Sportsman Lake Park. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has provided a list of available storm shelters for inclement weather. If you are not in a substantial structure, please go to a shelter. For the safety of shelter occupants, especially small children, please do not take pets to shelters unless one specifically notes that it is pet-friendly.

List of shelters with occupancy

Town of Baileyton – 3 shelters 

  • 112 Fairview Rd. – 96+
  • 130 Cemetery Rd. – 86+
  • 600 Fire Station Rd. – 86+ 
  • Operated by Town of Baileyton 

Berlin VFD (in the old VFD building behind the new building), 3581 U.S. Hwy. 278 E, Berlin – 40+

  • Operated by Berlin VFD

Bethsadia VFD, 454 Co. Rd. 804 – 86+ 

  • Operated by Bethsadia VFD 

Brushy Pond Senior Center, 2729 Co. Rd. 143, Bremen – 48+ 

  • Operated by senior center 

Chapel Village/Jones Chapel, 74 Co. Rd. 1034 (just off U.S. Hwy. 278) – 96+ 

  • Always open 

Colony Senior Center, 12980 AL Hwy. 91 S – 48+ 

  • Operated by senior center 

Town of Colony, 65 Byars Rd. (Adjacent to town hall) – 86+ 

  • Operated by Town of Colony 

Crane Hill Senior Center, basement of Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Satellite Station, 15140 Co. Rd. 222, Crane Hill – 100 

  • Operated by Crane Hill VFD 

Cullman Senior Center, 1539 Sportsman Lake Rd. – 89+ 

  • Operated by senior center 

City of Cullman – 2 shelters

  • 1511 Sportsman Lake Rd. (across from Cullman Co. Fairgrounds) 396+, kenneled small animals allowed 
  • Beech Center, 1803 Beech Ave. SE – 150+ 
  • Operated by Cullman PD 

Town of Dodge City, 130 Howard Cir. (Town Hall Basement) – Unknown capacity

  • Operated by Town of Dodge City 

Dodge City VFD No. 2, 7150 Co. Rd. 223 – 96+ 

  • Operated by DCVFD 

Fairview Housing Authority, 96 Countryside Acres Rd. – 96+ 

  • Always open 

Town of Garden City, 501 First Ave. SW (by Town Hall) – 396+ 

  • Operated by Town of Garden City

City of Good Hope – 3 Shelters 

  • 134 Municipal Dr. (City Hall Basement) – 75+
  • 301 Day Gap Rd. – 96+
  • 301 Municipal Dr. (Behind City Hall) – 96+  
  • Operated by City of Good Hope 

Gold Ridge VFD, 5225 Co. Rd. 1545 – 96+ 

  • Operated by GRVFD 

City of Hanceville – 3 shelters 

  • 202 Bangor Ave. (Behind City Hall) – 96+
  • 203 Michelle St. NW (CW Day Park) – 96+
  • 1407 Commercial St. (Steppville) 96+ 
  • Operated by Hanceville PD 

Hanceville Senior Center, 1500 Spruce St. SE (behind Senior Center) – 48+ 

  • Operated by senior center 

Town of Holly Pond, 60 Finley Rd. (Adjacent to town hall) – 86+ 

  • Operated by Town of Holly Pond 

Logan VFD, 4203 Co. Rd. 818 Logan – 96+ 

  • Operated by Logan VFD 

Smith Lake Park, 416 Co. Rd. 385 (Behind Office) – 96+ 

  • Operated by Cullman County Park & Recreation 

Stony Lonesome OHV Park, 10075 AL Hwy. 69 S – 2 units 144 

  • Operated by Cullman County Park & Recreation 

Town of South Vinemont, 60 Ridgeway St. (behind VPVFD #2) – 192 

  • Operated by VPVFD 

Vinemont-Providence VFD No. 1, 576 Co. Rd. 1355 – 192+ 

  • Operated by VPVFD 

Walter VFD, next to Dollar General, 32655 Ala. Hwy. 91, Cullman (Walter community) – 70

  • Operated by Walter VFD

Town of West Point – 2 shelters 

  • 3990 Co. Rd. 1141 (next to Town Hall) – 96+
  • 11160 AL Hwy. 157 (behind WPVFD #1) – 96+ 
  • Operated by Town of West Point

The rules for the Cullman County Emergency Management Agency shelters are:

  • No pets. Only service animals for the disabled are allowed in the shelter.
  • No smoking. Smoking is not allowed inside the shelter.
  • No alcohol. Consumption of alcohol is not allowed in or around the shelter.
  • No drugs. Use of “recreational drugs” is not allowed in or around the shelter.
  • No firearms or weapons of any kind are allowed in shelters.

These rules are strictly enforced for each of the shelters on the list. Other rules, specific to each shelter, may be in place and shall be followed.

Shelters will be opened during a Tornado Watch and/or a Tornado Warning. The shelters will be closed as soon as the danger has passed, and the watch has been canceled by the National Weather Service or allowed to expire.

**It is highly recommended that those seeking shelter in the City of Cullman use the Community Shelter on Sportsman Lake Road across from the Cullman County Fairgrounds or the basement at the Beech Center. One pod at the shelter on Sportsman Lake Road has been designated for owners with small pets who are in carriers.

Become familiar with shelters located nearest your home. Monitor weather conditions and remain alert for sudden changes.