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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:42

$3.5 Million in Storm Shelter Grants for Missouri School Districts

(TNS) - The State Emergency Management Agency officially announced Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded three Missouri school districts $3.5 million in grant funding to build tornado safe rooms.

These include the previously reported tornado shelter that will be added on to the Neosho School District's new Goodman Elementary School, as well as a stand-alone safe room on the Miller School District's high school campus in Lawrence County, and a safe room on the elementary and middle school campus of Christian County's Sparta School District.

"This is the actual, final step that they put in writing and now we have the official agreement," said Jim Cummins, Neosho superintendent. "What we (Neosho) had before was a verbal phone call from SEMA saying we had been approved for it, and now they have just put it in writing."

The three safe rooms would be capable of sheltering a total of more than 2,250 people combined, according to a SEMA news release.