Geiger, Ala. On April 15, 2011, the town of Geiger was devastated by a massive tornado. The scars of that day can still be seen on the landscape in the surrounding area, but the scars also remain in the minds of the people that lived through it. Now, there is a new community storm shelter where people can find safety from the worst of the storms.
Sumter County Commissioner Marcus Campbell says, "This community got hit very hard and it was devastating to see all the damage that was done here. So the community reached out to the commission and the commission stepped up and did what it had to do. And I’m just so excited about the work that was done here in the community of Geiger."
The town of Geiger had some help in securing the storm shelter from Waste Management who felt that helping this community was a great opportunity.
Waste Management District Manager Mike Davis says, "When the community was devastated by that tornado that came through this area a while back, we found out they needed to have a storm shelter. And safety is a major priority of Waste Management and we felt like that since they were going to endeavor to do this, that it would be a great project to partner with them on."
The mayor of Geiger, like many in his community, is very happy to see that the citizens have a safe haven from future storms.
"I feel wonderful because the people in our community are more at ease now that they have somewhere to go during a storm and believe me they've been using it,” said Mayor Michael Cunningham. “I really enjoy and I know they do, too, since we got it, I’ll tell you. And it’s wonderful."