Community Storm Shelters in Etowah County

Three new community storm shelters began the installation process today in Etowah County. The first of the three shelters was delivered and set into place this morning at the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department. The Alabama-built shelter is made by the Safe-T-Shelter company and is constructed of quarter-inch, solid steel plate and is rated to withstand an EF-5 tornado. The shelter also offers forced air ventilation and emergency lighting. The shelters that were delivered today were paid for by FEMA grants and, once installation is complete, will be opened to the public anytime severe weather threatens. Patrick Huselton, with the Gadsden-Etowah County EMA, says that citizens should not wait until the last minute to head to their community shelter. The other two shelters that were delivered today will be installed in the Coates Bend Community – at the Coates Bend Volunteer Fire Department and at Macedonia Baptist Church. Although the shelters were delivered and set into place today, they will not be ready to use until the anchoring and installation process is completed – which is expected to be by the end of the week.