When severe weather strikes, the City of Ralls will be ready.
On July 27, 2007, the city broke ground on a new community wide storm shelter. A $480,000 FEMA grant is paying for the shelter. It will house an emergency command center and shelter 25 percent of the Ralls population.
"We put it on a location or site that will be pretty much a five minute walk from downtown area, the residential area or Ralls High School, so about 580 people," Ralls City Administrator Rhett Parker said.
Part of the reason Ralls was chosen is because of its active storm history. In 2005, five tornadoes were headed to Ralls and missed the city by just half a mile. And in 1935, a hail and wind storm killed two residents.