Martin receives grant to build tornado safe room

Martin receives grant to build tornado safe room
By BRAD GASKINS
News Editor
The city of Martin has been awarded a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build a safe room for citizens to seek shelter during a tornado.
Martin Mayor Randy Brundige announced the grant during Monday’s informal City Board meeting
The safe room would be constructed in front of the current Senior Adult Center, and would cost about $1.1 million, of which the city would pay about $220,000.
A portion of the funds would also come from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
“Rural communities sometimes do not have places for their citizens to go during a storm,” Brundige said.
“They made this money available to us,” he added.
The safe room, with its concrete roof, would be able to provide shelter for more than 1,000 people.
It would be a multi-purpose facility that could be used for various functions.
“Seniors could hold dances there,” Brundige said. “They could hold parties.
More details for the proposed facility will be discussed at the City Board’s Nov. 13 meeting, when the city will vote on whether to accept the grant.
Published in The WCP 11.6.12

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