The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.4 million to the state of Texas for the construction of a community safe room in the city of Eastland.
The dual-purpose, 11,900 square feet, concrete community safe room will be located at Siebert Elementary. It will be designed to protect citizens who live within a quarter-mile of the site and are at high risk for high wind and tornado events.
The FEMA grant will pay 75 percent of the more than $1.9 million total costs for the project. A safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet FEMA’s criteria and provide “near-absolute protection” in extreme weather events.
The federal share of the funds for the project comes from the agency’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM). PDM is a nationally competitive grant program that provides funds to states, and tribal and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures that reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters.