PDC offering storm shelters to the public

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The Prairie Du Chien Memorial Library is one of the few storm shelters in town. (Photos by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

With the summer storm season felt strongly around the area last Friday, Prairie du Chien Police Chief Kyle Teynor wants all citizens to be aware of the storm shelter options in town. 

There are three options for Prairie du Chien residents to take shelter in: the library storm shelter, Hoffman Hall and the county emergency government offices (sheriff's department/dispatch). 

The emergency government offices is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hoffman Hall and the library shelters would be opened by on-duty police officers when a tornado warning is put into effect. 

The storm shelters are designed to assist those who do not have access to adequate shelter in the event of a tornado, explained Teynor, “We want anyone who may not have access to a basement, or any camper in the area, to have a place to go to take refuge.” 

Teynor said when it comes to extreme weather, the police department wants to err on the side of caution, “Whenever a tornado warning is issued, we will automatically turn on the sirens in town, and police officers will go to the campgrounds to notify campers of the storm and help assist them to any of the shelters.”

Teynor emphasizes that safety is the most important concern in the event of a tornado, and he hopes all Praire du Chien residents will take advantage of the storm shelters.

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