New Storm Shelters In The Works For Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — New storm shelters are in the works in Jackson County.

After the 2011 tornadoes grants became available for counties across the state, and those grants could be used for community storm shelters.

“Jackson County in particular took advantage of it, and a lot of areas in the state have seen their construction complete, but we’ve still got a lot of projects going on,” Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says.

Multiple shelters across the county are already built and in use.

Hodges says quite a few more are currently in the works. “Every school, every county school in Jackson County will have a storm shelter on their property,” Hodges says,  “Municipalities are putting storm shelters in, and the county has two that we’re putting in a couple of locations in the county.”

Hodges says the grants made the cost of multiple shelters at once feasible. “It was a 75 25 grant, so in all the different locations, each different entity had to apply for a separate grant,” Hodges says.

After they’re all completed, there will be approved community shelters across the expansive county.

“This is a huge thing and a great benefit for the citizens and hopefully they’ll all become aware of it and know where their nearest shelter is, in case an emergency does happen,” Hodges says.

1 Comment

  • tim

    Good ! doesn’t really matter if you get a 10 min warning or a 30 min warning , if you do not have a shelter or safe room injury or death is highly probable ! Time to redirect some research and other money to focus on building safe places in tornado prone areas like Alabama… Tornadoes cannot be stopped only predicted to a limited degree. Meteorologist like Jason Simpson and James Spann do an incredible job keeping viewers warned but many people still need a safe place to go when the tornado is at their doorstep. Shelters should be mandatory at every School in Alabama. This is just common sense and can be paid for with current tax money. Any politician that says it can’t be done with current revenue is a LIAR ! and should be voted out. The state has passed laws making other common sense issues like mandatory seatbelts, all in the name of. public safety yet won’t require shelters at every school to protect our kids. This really makes the state, cities and counties look like they only want to use SAFETY to mandate people do something when violations result in REVENUE. !!!! Lawmakers need to get off their butts and fix it…..

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