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Funding provided for safe room at Tupelo High School

The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant will provide support to build a multi-purpose safe room at Tupelo High School. 

Tuesday it was announced that a $2.1 million grant will help construct a large multi-purpose safe room at Tupelo High School.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation grant was awarded to the City of Tupelo in hopes of building a 12,707-square-foot multi-use room to protect nearly 2,200 students and faculty in the event that winds get up to 250mph.

“Tupelo has been diligent in investing in safe rooms to protect its residents. The new safe room at the high school is another example of preparing now for severe weather in order to save lives,” said Senator Thad Cochran.

The money will cover design work and execution of the project. The city will pay for other non-eligible amenities. The estimated total project cost is $6.1 million.

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