When seconds count, families rely on a safe shelter from the storm.
Some Baxter Springs residents tried to seek shelter at a nearby middle school when a tornado was threatening their community Sunday night. But they arrived, and found the doors were locked.
"I get shaken up every time I talk about it," said Alisha Gilmore, resident.
She and about 20 others were waiting outside, watching the storm debris move closer towards the school. The school district does have a policy for all shelters to be open to the public during inclement weather.
Their two other shelters were open. But the district said, due to the nature of the storm, the person in charge of opening the middle school shelter wasn't able to get there in time.
No one waiting outside the shelter was hurt.
The district said it has made changes to procedures in case of inclement weather in the future.