Mississippi “A Safe Place to Go Initiative”
The citizens of Pontotoc County, Mississippi don’t have to worry about tornadoes! Since the 2001 disaster, over 30 community storm shelters have been constructed in their county. The other half of the community tornado shelters are located in other small towns.
Typically the community safe rooms are located in, behind, or next to city buildings like fire, police, and emergency centers. Ecru, Mississippi, that has a population of under 1000, yet commendably has five community shelters located behind their Ecru fire and police departments.
These community safe rooms measure 13 feet by 13 feet by 7.5 feet, and were reimbursed by federal funding. According to Ecru’s town officials, the shelters have been filled each time there is a tornado warning since they installed their community safe rooms. What makes this so remarkable is that Mississippi ranks tenth below other states including Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Nebraska, Illinois, Colorado, Iowa, Alabama, and Missouri.
And Mississippi isn’t a state with more resources than the other states, but instead, realizes the importance of taking care of people versus things.
Map of Mississippi and other states and how they rank.
Survive-a-Storm Shelters commends the state of Mississippi for their belief in fierce protection of their community members and we hope that other states step up and take notice. If you need a community or residential safe room in your area, please don’t hesitate to give us a call to see how we can help. With many storm shelters to choose from as well as financing options and storm shelter loans available, having a safe place to go is much easier. Don’t get caught off-guard.
Give Survive-a-Storm Shelters experts a call at 888-360-1492 a call today for more details.