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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Students at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind will be better prepared for tornadoes.

The Talladega school now has three tornado shelters under construction. The shelters will be able to withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour.

There is a shelter on each of the campuses of the School for the Blind, the Helen Keller School and the Gentry campus. The shelters hold up to 300 people.

School officials became more concerned about shelters after the tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011. Although the school was spared destruction that day, school officials decided to act.

"It's especially important for us, because our children are blind and visually impaired. At the Helen Keller School, they're multi-disabled with orthopedic issues. Some of them are in wheelchairs and it's imperative that you can get to a shelter quickly," said Lynne Hanner with the institute.

The shelters cost a total of $1.5 million and were made possible by grants from FEMA. Construction is expected to be finished in March.

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