FEMA Grants to Fund Two Safe House Domes in Kleberg County

It looks like the people of Kleberg County will be better protected from storms and other emergencies, thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA has approved a multi-million dollar grant to allow the state of Texas to build two community safe rooms in Kingsville.

They awarded more than $3.4 million to the state to build the two safe rooms. The total cost of the project is $4.5 million, with the Kingsville Independent School District picking up the remainder of the tab.

One of the shelters will be built at H.M. King High School. The concrete dome-shaped safe rooms will serve as multi-purpose training centers, and will be used as gymnasiums when not being used as shelters.

One will be 20,000 square feet in size, and the other will be 18,000 square feet in size. Both will provide protection from storms and tornadoes for the people of Kleberg County, including those with access and functional needs, as well as special medical needs.

"Having worked with displaced families in Katrina and Rita, I know when catastrophe strikes, the school district, we want to be available and we want to be a resource," H.M. King Principal John Jenkins said. "With these domes in place, we'll have temporarily shelter for those families."

Jenkins said it is an opportunity for the Kingsville ISD and H.M. King to be able to have a strategic plan in the case of a crisis or emergency.

The other safe room and multi-purpose training center will be built at the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville.


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