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City of Hattiesburg completes new severe weather safe rooms

New severe shelter at Hattiesburg Fire Station on Montague New severe shelter at Hattiesburg Fire Station on Montague
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Eleven new severe weather shelters have been installed at several city facilities.

The shelters are located at five of the cities fire stations, the water and sewer department, public works, the airport, and the police and fire training facility.

A matching $210,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency paid for eighty percent of the cost to build the shelters. The cost to the city was about $42,000.

The shelters will hold around 12 people. They will enable firefighters and city workers to be close to their response vehicles and equipment during severe weather, enhancing response time after an emergency.

"After Hurricane Katrina we came to an understanding that our guys needed protection, so we decided to build shelters," said Paul Presley, Assistant Fire Chief, Hattiesburg Fire Department. "The older fire station on Main Street was destroyed and the guys inside the building had no where to go during the storm. We figured we needed to do more to protect them."

The new shelters are designed to withstand winds gusts of up to 250-miles-per-hour.

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