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Tupelo Gets $2.5 Million Grant for Storm Shelters

TUPELO, Miss.- Tupelo has been awarded funding from FEMA and MEMA for two large safe rooms in case of emergencies.

Each safe room is more than 6,000 square feet and can shelter more than 1,100 people. The dome design of the safe rooms provides protection from wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour.

The safe rooms will be located at Theron Nichols Park in the Southern Heights neighborhood and Dot Copper Kelly Park in the Lee Acres neighborhood.

WCBI reported, the total cost for both safe rooms is just over $2.5 million dollars, with ninety percent of that cost paid by FEMA and MEMA. The City of Tupelo is responsible for the remaining ten percent.

Funds have been released for Phase 1 of the project, which involves architectural design and engineering. Additional funds for construction will be released after FEMA grants final design approval for the projects. Once approved, the city will move forward with bids and construction.

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