Storm Shelters

Derby is seeking Storm Shelter volunteers to help open and staff the Fire Station #82 and Derby Middle School shelters during an emergency. If you are interested, please fill out our online application: 

Storm Shelter Volunteer Form



During tornadoes and severe weather, the City of Derby encourages all residents to have an emergency plan, which should include options for sheltering in place as well as knowing how to find information on locations that may be opened as storm shelters. If you plan to leave your home to take shelter, consider gathering things such as medications, insurance documents, clothing, bedding, bottled water and non-perishable food before the need to evacuate arises. Also consider shelter plans for your pets, including food and a kennel.

There are five locations in Derby that may be opened as storm shelters, subject to volunteer availability to open and staff the shelter locations. All locations are ADA-accessible. The shelter in the basement of Fire Station 82 will be accessible and unlocked 24/7 when a tornado watch is issued that includes the City of Derby.

The City's Shelter Coordinator will monitor severe weather and will make the decision to formally open the remaining shelters when tornadic activity is considered imminent with the anticipated arrival of tornadic storms in the Derby area within the coming hours based on weather bulletins issued by the National Weather Service. You may read the shelter operations plan here.

This decision, as well as information on which shelters will be opened, will be posted on the City's social media platforms. 

Fire Station #82 - available 24/7 during tornado watches or warnings

1401 N. Rock Rd.


Fire Station #82 will be unlocked or accessible via firefighters at the station or by calling 316-788-1557 when the National Weather Service issues a Tornado Watch that includes the City of Derby. The shelter may be staffed depending on volunteer availability and timing of the storm event.
  • Storm safe room located in the basement.
  • Park north of the fire station (do NOT block emergency equipment exits) and enter the east door upstairs or enter through the ADA-accessible entrance on the west side.
  • Animals are allowed at this location and crates are available for use.

Derby Middle School - open based on facility and volunteer availability

801 E. Madison


The shelter at Derby Middle School may be opened during the regular hours of 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. provided there are no conflicts with school activities and volunteers are available to staff the shelter.  The Shelter Coordinator may make the decision to open when the City anticipates being in the imminent path of developing storms. 
  • Open 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the months of March through June when tornadic weather is expected to impact Derby.
  • Park on east side of gym and in football stadium parking lot. Enter auxiliary gym on east side through Door 4A.
  • Animals are allowed and crates are available for use.

The three church locations are opened based upon volunteer availability. Volunteers will be contacted about opening church shelters when the arrival of a tornadic storm in the Derby area appears imminent.


Pleasantview Baptist Church - open based upon volunteer availability


1335 N. Buckner


  • Enter the church using the main doors on the south side of the building. Follow the hallway right, then turn left to the basement stairs. Handicap accessible with stair lift.
  • Animals are NOT allowed.

South Rock Christian Church - open based upon volunteer availability

900 S Rock Rd.


  • Enter the church using the main doors on the south side of the building. Follow the hallway right, then turn left to the basement stairs. Handicap accessible with stair lift.
  • Animals are NOT allowed.

Woodlawn United Methodist Church - open based upon volunteer availability


431 S. Woodlawn Blvd.


  • Enter the church on the southeast side.
  • Animals are NOT allowed.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact Shelter Coordinator Dave Foster at davefoster@derbyweb.com.