Lee County thinking over possibility of tornado shelter

Lee County thinking over possibility of tornado shelter

LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - This map is the result of a study to target the most vulnerable areas in Lee County in the case of a tornado. EMA officials are currently using the map to determine the best locations for a tornado shelter.

EMA officials say this is an expensive undertaking and they want to make sure that the shelter would be utilized.

"As many people know, an actual FEMA rated tornado shelter is a vary expensive investment for any community. These things can run up to $120,000 for a shelter that will help 90 people. As grant funding maybe becomes available from different sources, we already know where the best place to put the shelters are" said Lee County EMA Director Kathrine Carson.

If Lee County does get a tornado shelter, it will be a few years down the road. So for now, officials urge that you make sure that you have a safe space free of windows, or invest in a personal tornado shelter.

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