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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  • by cw on Feb 1, 2012 at 09:12 AM
    for the county but built in the city ,county people drive 15-20 miles to find no room at the inn. will most likely become housing for the homeless.
  • by Reason Location: In a ditch on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:21 AM
    This is a perfect example of the failure of our local and state government. If you run a few numbers, this becomes apparent. For whatever reason, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency doesn't believe that citizens of Lauderdale county deserve grants for privately owned storm shelters, like our neighboring counties can receive. Based on FEMA standards and FEMA cost averages, the 3.2 million dollars could be used to pay for roughly 950 in ground storm shelters, which would have a capacity for 4750 people. Based on the FEMA guidline of 6 square feet per person when sheltering from tornados, the new 3.2 million dollar shelter will only hold 1,667 people. Since nobody knows when and where a tornado will hit, it is obviously only good for a hurricane shelter, where the FEMA guidelines recommend 25 square feet per person. This means our new 3.2 million dollar mistake will only hold 400 people. Furthermore, how many deaths can be contributed directly to hurricanes in this area, as opposed to tornadoes? Let me get the grant to build mine in my back yard so I know my child will be safe. It is a mistake to spend this money on something that we will just have to allocate more tax dollars to maintain. I feel this is a perfect example of government serving government, rather than the tax payers.
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      by Not Surprised on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:38 AM in reply to Reason
      Maybe so, but then TPTB can't benefit monetarily by the building of private shelters the way they can from this boondoggle.
  • by R. U. Serious Location: lauderdale County on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:01 AM
    More of our hard earned dollars, taken for taxes, sent to the localities, for people that can not or will not plan and provide for themselves. Socialism in action!
  • by Henri Location: Meridian on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
    that is the most central location they could think to put it?
  • by Skeptic Location: Meridian on Jan 31, 2012 at 04:32 PM
    Lets hope Watkins Development isn't picked for this project!!
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