The Comanche County Commissioners, as well as the County Judge, have released the following guideline use of the Courthouse basement hallway during imminent emergency weather:
The Courthouse basement hallway is not a certified storm shelter. The public is encouraged not to get out into the storm and travel to the Courthouse if it would be safer to shelter in place. There is no guarantee of the structural integrity of the Courthouse basement hallway in the event of a severe weather event. The public will use the Courthouse basement hallway at their own risk. The County assumes no liability for the use of the basement hallway or for any damage to vehicles parked around the Courthouse square during a severe weather event.
The Courthouse basement hallway is a confined space with no central heating or cooling. No seating (chairs, benches, etc.) is provided.
Service animals are allowed only if accompanied by their owner. No other pets are allowed.
On U.S. holidays, weekends, or after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, the Courthouse basement hallway will be opened for public use during imminent emergency weather at the discretion of Comanche County Emergency Management. In the event the Courthouse basement hallway is opened during these times, a notification will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/comanchecountytxem/ If the Courthouse basement hallwlay is opened during these times, the entry and exit to the Courthouse basement hallway will be limited to the West entry only (the entry facing Houston Street).
The Courthouse basement hallway is not a long term shelter. When law enforcement asks you to leave, you must leave the Courthouse basement immediately.