Mansfield’s Weather Emergency Protocol


By Tammy Moore Teague

Friday is predicted to be the first weather alert day of the spring 2018 season. Our area is in the moderate risk for severe weather including isolated tornadoes and hail. Now is the time to prepare for any weather emergency.

Preparations are already in place according to Mansfield’s Fire Department Chief, Stephen Haysmer. “We monitor the weather closely and if we see there’s likely a tornado warning being issued, we unlock all safe rooms.” Those safe rooms are located at the elementary, middle and high schools. “I have two men to man the safe rooms,” Haysmer added.

No pets are allowed in the safe rooms. Service animals are the only exception. There are water fountains on site, however there is no other water or food available.

As severe weather occurs be prepared ahead of time and be vigilant.

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