Earlier today, the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency submitted its application for a community safe room. The EMA of Calhoun County decided to submit an application as a result of the March 19th EF-3 tornado that ripped through the City of Jacksonville last year.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a safe room is a structure specifically designed to resist wind pressures and wind-borne debris impact during tornadoes and hurricanes. If approved, funds of up to 75% will be received through the Hazard Mitigation Program.
Director Michael Barton believes this will be a great opportunity to add to the seven safe rooms the community already has. Barton says the submission process could take up to six months to process and if approved, the additional safe rooms could take two years to build.