The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

August 12, 2011

Alabama schools get funding for temporary safe rooms

Associated Press

— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Temporary school facilities in Alabama communities ravaged by tornadoes this spring are getting federal funding to install safe rooms.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving states that have received a presidential disaster declaration about 75 percent of the cost of installing the rooms. So far, four schools have requested temporary safe rooms: Plainview Elementary and High School in Dekalb County, Alberta Elementary School in Tuscaloosa, Hackleburg Elementary and High School and Phil Campbell High School.

State officials say the safe rooms will be ready in time for the secondary tornado season in late fall.

Alabama lawmakers passed a new law last year that requires safe rooms in all new school buildings after a tornado hit the high school in Enterprise.