Severe Weather Preparedness
1:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

A shelter from area storms

The City of Greenville is wanting to build a safe place where residents can find shelter in the event of severe weather or other emergencies.

The city has issued a request for qualifications for a “community safe room” project.

Qualified firms wanting to provide engineering and architectural services relating to the design and construction of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved facility have until March 19 to submit their qualifications.

According to the official description, a safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet FEMA criteria and provide “near-absolute protection” in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.

City officials have been attempting for several years to obtain federal grants for a community safe room, which may be included as part of a combined new Fire Station No. 1 and Fire Department Administration Building.