UPDATE: Decision Reversed, Tornado Safe Rooms In Poteau Are Open

POTEAU (KFSM) —  Tornado Safe Rooms in Poteau will be open to the public Saturday (May 27).

Poteau Public Schools Superintendent Don Sjoberg told 5News that after evaluating the severe weather threat and seeing the concern from residents, he was able to gather enough volunteers and school staff to open all the shelters.

Earlier in the day the LeFlore County Emergency Management posted on their Facebook page that the Tornado Safe Rooms in Poteau will not be open to the public.  “We simply have no information to … address you concerns.” The agency told people to contact school administration should they have questions about the decision.

Original story:

The LeFlore County Emergency Management posted on their Facebook page that the Tornado Safe Rooms in Poteau will not be open to the public.  “We simply have no information to … address you concerns.”

The agency states it has received a lot of phone calls and social media messages asking about the decision, but they have no information about the decision.

Emergency Management was not involved in any discussions or made aware of the closings to the public of the safe rooms and said they learned of the closure through local news media.

5News is making calls to find out why a closure is in place.

The locations that are closed:

  • Poteau High School safe room
  • Poteau Pansy Kidd Middle School safe room
  • Poteau Upper Elementary safe room
  • Poteau Primary School safe room

If you have questions related to the safe rooms you’re asked to contact the Poteau Public School administration at (918) 647-7700.