FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Southern Missouri Tornado Shelter Serves Community in Good Weather and Bad   [open pdf - 34KB]

"The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." [...] "Should disaster strike, residents of West Plains, Missouri won't have any difficulty finding the City's safe room. The tornado-resistant safe room's primary use is as the gymnasium at the district's middle school. Built to the exacting standards set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it opened on August, 14, 2007. At 15,600 square feet, the West Plains safe room is capable of holding 3,120 people, nearly one-third the city's population. The safe room was built using special funding incentives from FEMA, which paid for 75 percent (about $2 million) of the $2.8 million project. The school district funded the remaining balance through its capital projects account." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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