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Thursday, 06 December 2018 15:07

Alabama Officials Say There Is a Need for More Life-Saving Storm Shelters

(TNS) — Although there are nearly 50 storm shelters in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties, government officials say there’s a need for more and they're worth the cost.

“When you have a storm shelter making the difference between life and death, it’s a great investment for the community,” said Morgan County District 2 Commissioner Randy Vest. “You can’t put a price on a human life. I wouldn’t want to.”

Presently Morgan County has two additional storm shelters on the drawing board. When completed the county will have 19 certified public shelters.

The Oak Ridge community has one under construction at fire station No. 2 on Vaughn Bridge Road. At last week's Morgan County Commission meeting, commissioners approved a shelter for the Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department in the Ryan-Hulaco area. A state grant will provide the money for the Tri-County shelter, and NARCOG is handling the grant writing and paperwork.