Grant Awarded for Storm Shelter

Lauderdale County has received a grant to construct a community storm shelter.

The $3.2 million grant was announced Tuesday. It's awarded from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency.

The funding will be used to construct a 10,000 square-foot storm shelter behind the Lauderdale County Agri-Center.

Before construction can begin, a few specifications have to be discussed with FEMA AND and the state.

"So now, the board approves it," said LEMA director David Sharp. "We'll get a meeting set up with MEMA and FEMA to do what they call a kick-off meeting Tells us exactly how we need to go about doing this, what we can do, what we can't do."

The city of Meridian partnered with Lauderdale County on the grant.

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