FEMA Grant Funds Chickasaw Community Safe Room

FEMA funded public safety facility provides emergency shelter for citizens and first responders of Chickasaw, Alabama.
Chickasaw Community Safe Room
Chickasaw Community Safe Room
March 29, 2010 - PRLog -- Chickasaw, AL.  The City of Chickasaw has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that will fund the construction of a community safe room designed to keep the at-risk , elderly and special needs population safe, and also allow first responders a location to quickly take action once a severe storm, tornado or hurricane has passed. The safe room will be built on Iroquois Street.

The $975,000 project, funded through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), will provide a safe structure for residents and first responders. When complete the 3,200-square-foot safe room will be able to withstand winds of up to 200 mph and also will be equipped with a generator to provide backup power in the event of a power loss. The $975,000 represents 75 percent of the total project cost of $1.3 million. The remainder will come from non-federal sources.

"The addition of this public safety facility will help make our citizens safer during a crisis or disaster,” said Mayor Byron Pittman.

Safe rooms such as the one built in Chickasaw serve an important role in protecting at-risk and special-needs citizens by providing a close and accessible haven when hurricanes and severe storms threaten the area. Chickasaw’s close proximity to the Gulf Coast and its vulnerability to severe storms and tornadoes make it a good place for the construction of a safe room.

For information on the city and its strategic planning projects, visit the city website at www.cityofchickasaw.org.

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