COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – When the sirens go off, it`s time to seek shelter. Residents in Colbert County aren`t wasting time. On Monday, emergency shelters were at capacity and Colbert County EMA officials had to place people in churches and at the county courthouse.
EMA director Mike Melton says after the April 27, 2011 tornados, emergency shelters are full.
The county is now in the process of building more community storm shelters to avoid this problem.
“The theory of what we are trying to do is put some of these storm shelters out in the rural communities. Those folks won’t have to come all the way to town to get to a safe place,” said Melton.
Colbert County EMA officials say the county will build twenty-two new community shelters. Each shelter is capable of holding fifty nine people.
Melton says all the shelters are prefabricated and were built following F.E.M.A guidelines.
Aside from the shelters, the county will also install more than a dozen new outdoor warning sirens.
The project is scheduled to be done in 2015.