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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Safe Room Shelters Evacuees from Hurricane Harvey   [open pdf - 435KB]

"Nearly 400 evacuees with nowhere else to go in Victoria, Texas, sheltered inside a 168-foot wide steel-reinforced tornado/hurricane safe room the day Hurricane Harvey barreled into Texas. When the city ordered a mandatory evacuation forcing people to find shelter, St. Joseph High School Principal Tom Maj was happy to help. 'This was the first ever use of the facility, and it performed as intended,' said Maj. The community commonly refers to the safe room at the Tom O'Connor Jr. Athletic Center facility as the St. Joseph High School FEMA Dome. It was constructed to serve the Victoria community during catastrophic events."

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