Iola's storm shelters are opened during severe weather events by Iola police officers or other personnel designated by the city. These severe weather events include Tornado Warnings, and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings with expected winds in excess of 70 miles per hour, as issued by the National Weather Service. The following facilities are opened during these severe weather events:
Lincoln Elementary School 700 N. Jefferson Ave. Enter on the west side, south door.
Bowlus Fine Arts Center 205 E. Madison Ave. Enter at the south side entrance, in the alley.
McKinley Elementary School 209 S. Kentucky St. Enter at the Ohio St. entrance on the east side.