Apartment complexes don't require severe weather plan

2 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, March 23 2016 Mar 23, 2016 Wednesday, March 23, 2016 1:05:00 PM CDT March 23, 2016 in News
By: Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

 COLUMBIA - As severe weather season approaches, people living in some of the new apartment complexes may not be ready when severe weather season arrives.

"They didn't really tell us the protocol for severe weather," apartment renter Catelyne Snitker said.

Apartment tenant Mitchell Urban said, "I'm not sure where we're supposed to go, honestly." 

Despite the safety concern during severe weather season, Columbia apartment complexes are not required to have a severe weather plan in place.

“The fire code does not require apartment complexes to have a severe weather plan, so it’s not something the fire department enforces,” Battalion Chief Brad Frazier said.

It’s not just Columbia that doesn’t have a required severe weather plan to be put in place by developers.

KOMU 8 News reached out to a development company in a similar college town; Fayetteville, Arkansas. Kendra Butterfield with Specialized Real Estate Group said there are no severe weather plan requirements in place there, but she does think there should be.

“There should be some sort of plan of action in place so residents know where they should go,” Butterfield said.

Deputy Director of Boone County Emergency Management Tom Hurley also said he does not know any city that enforces a severe weather plan.

“I’m not aware of any place in the country that requires tenants to have a plan of any kind whether it be for severe weather or fire for their tenants,” Hurley said.

Despite not having a required severe weather plan, Frazier still thinks a plan would be beneficial.

“It’s a smart thing for a property owner to do to have placarding explaining where to go in case of an emergency,” Frazier said.

He also said some businesses choose to provide a plan.

“Business owners have plans, hotels for example opt to have a severe weather plan and we collaborate with them on those plans,” Frazier said. He also said the fire department would assist with helping apartments come up with plans as well.

“We’re certainly willing to do that with apartment complexes and we encourage them to have those types of plans,” Frazier said.

Hurley also said that they are open to helping come up with a plan.

“We try and stay out of the direct planning for housing structures, but if need be we can certainly come by and do a site visit and speak to land owners, property owners about what would be the safest position for their tenants to be in in a disaster or emergency,” Hurley said.

Hurley also said that the infrastructure of a building is not the most dangerous part of a tornado or severe weather.

“The debris is certainly the most dangerous item around. It’s not building collapse, it’s not structural failure, it’s the debris that’s brought with the tornado.” Hurley said.

The residential halls on the University of Missouri campus do have a severe weather plan.

“We’re not required to, it’s simply a best practice when you house such large numbers of people,” Associate Director of Residential Academic Programs Kristen Temple said.

She said all residence halls and student apartments have severe weather plan in place. Students and staff practice these plans every semester.

Each plan varies by building but all follow a similar practice.

“Moving students into the areas that have been designated as safer areas of the building in the event of a tornado or other severe weather,” Temple said.

Hurley said if you want to have a plan for when severe weather strikes, it’s important to talk with those you rent from.

“You need to open up a dialogue with your landlord or property owner and the tenants to ensure everybody is aware of the safest location in the building is,” Hurley said.

If severe weather were to happen and you are in an apartment complex or building without a basement, there are still places for you to go.

“An interior windowless room is your safest bet, even on the fourth floor. If you have access to a basement facility, perhaps storage or where there’s laundry or a sturdy stairwell or concrete stairwell,” Hurley said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit Thursday against a St. Louis housing complex where reported... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:57:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - St.Louis-based SSM Health confirmed Thursday it is exploring a transfer of its Jefferson City and Mexico hospitals to... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:28:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Regional Airport managers held the first All Things Airport monthly meeting on Thursday. The meeting was... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:48:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in Top Stories
(CNN) - Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul,"... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:46:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Thursday morning's latest drought update from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) shows the expansion of drought... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:15:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri woman who's charged with killing her 5-year-old daughter and critically injuring her 1-year-old son... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 8:38:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A jetliner taking off narrowly missed hitting an airport van that crossed a runway to go to... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 5:46:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former Missouri state trooper who was driving a boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 5:41:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A multiple vehicle accident shut down both sides of Interstate 70 Wednesday around 7 p.m. At least... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8:28:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department opened a new substation in northeast Columbia on Wednesday. It's located off of Paris... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:36:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA – In his first comments on the extended period of weekend violence in downtown Columbia, Police Chief Ken Burton... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:28:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department and the Columbia Police Department issued a joint statement Wednesday calling recent... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:24:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A jury has awarded Missouri prison guards compensation for work they performed before and after... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 5:51:38 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate allegations that a lawyer for the ex-husband of... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Teachers and staff spent their last day before the new school year not just preparing lesson plans... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:20:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A grant and 10 year plan want to help revitalize an old section of Columbia and make it... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:03:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
KINGDOM CITY - Many rural school districts aren't getting enough from the state to pay for transporting students. Last... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 2:22:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man Wednesday morning following a chase throughout eastern Boone County. The chase started... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 10:16:00 AM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 89°
2pm 91°
3pm 92°
4pm 91°
5pm 91°