County nets $1.54M in federal funds for safe room
Oktibbeha County will soon see the competition of a new federally-funded safe room to protect residents from severe weather after receiving $1.54 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to finish the project.
The grant was announced last week by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss.
The funds are provided through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and will go toward the construction of the second phase of the Oktibbeha County Safe Room at 607 Lynn Lane in Starkville.
The facility will be a 8,756-square-foot monolithic dome to be designed with 7,910 square feet of usable space capable of serving 1,600 students, staff and residents.
“I'm thankful the people of Starkville and Oktibbeha County will soon have a safe place to seek shelter,” Wicker said. “Storm shelters are essential to ensuring students, faculty, staff, and citizens are protected from Mississippi's unpredictable and often dangerous weather.”
FEMA is making $1.79 million available overall for the safe room project, which will cost $2.04 million to complete. This is combined with $242,802 in the Phase I design and engineering funding awarded in December 2014.
The first phase of work included the
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