JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Even because the solar shines by means of the clouds with no storm in sight Friday, the Jackson County Emergency Administration Company (EMA) is working to maintain folks secure from extreme climate.
Staff are hoping to put in further storm shelters at 5 Kindergarten by means of Twelfth-grade colleges within the county.
“Which can give us 39 neighborhood shelters in Jackson County,” mentioned director Paul Smith.
The steel domed shelters Smith is taking a look at price round $101,000 every, however he advised Information 19 it’s effectively price it to guard the neighborhood, particularly those that reside in cell houses.
“They [mobile homes] supply no shelter in extreme climate, so it’s essential to ensure they’ve acquired someplace to go. Simply the best way they’re constructed, they’re not constructed to resist sturdy wind,” Smith defined.
Part Excessive Faculty already has two however can be getting one other one due to hazard mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA).
Different websites embrace North Sand Mountain Excessive Faculty, Pisgah Excessive Faculty, Woodville Excessive Faculty and Skyline Excessive Faculty.
The within of the shelters are fairly spacious and may sometimes maintain 250 to 300 folks, so it will likely be an enormous profit for the county so as to add 5 extra to guard the big protection space.
“Jackson County is unfold out. 1,153 sq. miles. We’re the second-largest landmass county within the state of Alabama. We simply must have these shelters so of us don’t need to drive 10 to fifteen minutes to get to at least one and we’re getting there quickly,” mentioned Smith.
The brand new shelters will sit reverse the present shelters on campus to make sure all college students are shut sufficient to succeed in them.
Smith mentioned they’ve been working to get these 5 new storm shelters since Spring 2018, however hope to have them by the top of the calendar 12 months.
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