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Nearly $7.4 million FEMA grant awarded for Forrest Co. safe rooms

Plans for a safe room/storm shelter that will be located at the Dixie Attendance center were a...
Plans for a safe room/storm shelter that will be located at the Dixie Attendance center were a topic of discussion for the Forrest County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)
Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 3:42 PM CDT
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FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved almost $7.4 million for Mississippi to fund construction of eight safe rooms at Forrest County schools.

The $7,385,504 grant will be used to build safe rooms at schools in Brooklyn, Hattiesburg and Petal, according to a FEMA news release. The stand-alone safe rooms are designed to withstand winds up to 200 mph, and will meet FEMA design criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events.

FEMA will pay at least 75 percent of the cost of these projects, and the federal share of the funds comes from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, according to the news release. Through this program, FEMA has funded 51 school safe rooms in Mississippi.

According to the National Institute of Building Sciences, on average, every $1 spent on federally funded hazard mitigation grants saves $6 in future disaster costs.

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