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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
JC breaks ground on a trio of hurricane shelters
Dirt and dust was flying as the Jackson County’s Board of Supervisors broke ground to mark the start of construction on three new hurricane shelters on July 12 in Vancleave.
The golden shovel ceremony was attended by County Supervisors, FEMA and MEMA’s representatives, local Amercian Red Cross staff members, first responders, and community leaders.
The Vancleave shelter is one of a trio of identical shelters now under simultaneous construction by the County. The Hurley shelter will be located on Hwy. 613 and the St. Martin shelter is on Walker Road.
“The construction of these three shelters marks one of the largest public safety projects the County has undertaken,” said Board President Melton Harris, Jr.
Each of the 10,000 square foot facilities are being built to FEMA’s strict “361” sheltering guidelines. The trio of shelters will be able to withstand 200 mph winds, have eight inch thick concrete walls, up to 20,000 gallons of potable water, self supportive utilities, and will be able to house hundreds of people.
Each shelter will cost $3 million dollars with a vast majority of the funding coming from MEMA and FEMA. Construction of the shelters will be completed by hurricane season 2012. Jackson County opened its first new emergency shelter since Hurricane Katrina in May 2010 in the Fontainebleau Community.
County Supervisors and community leaders broke ground on three new shelters on July 12. (L to R:) Gerrod Kilpatrick, Broaddus Assoc; Adam Dial, Broaddus Assoc.; Robert Stansbery, Bolton Assoc.; Seth Dunne, White-Spunner; Paige Roberts, American Red Cross; John McKay, Dist. 5; Manly Barton, Dist.1; Melton Harris, Dist 2; and Mike Mangum, Dist. 3.
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by Nicole Grundel
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