Joplin Schools Fail to Open Community Storm Shelter

Some Joplin residents who went to Soaring Heights Elementary and East Middle School to use the community safe rooms once yesterday's tornado watches were issued were met with locked doors. Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff tells News Talk KZRG a volunteer tasked with unlocking the building missed when the watch was issued.

"We have some communication issues we need to work on. We also need to work on... where Irving is more prominent on just where the shelter's entrance is, at Soaring Heights and East it's a bit confusing."

The doors were opened three hours later. The shelter at Irving Elementary was opened on time.

"The volunteer at Soaring Heights is a good man, and the only volunteer we have covering that building. Unfortunately other volunteers there have disengaged, which is a problem."