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City of Joplin taking applications for tornado shelters

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Updated at 4:55 PM CST:  The City of Joplin is giving out 16 commercial use tornado shelters.  Thirty-two shelters in all were acquired through FEMA and the state of Missouri.

A location has already been decided for half of them:  Joplin Regional Airport, Athletic Complex, Fire Stations, Golf Course, Health Building, MAPS, Museum, Park Office, Public Safety Training Center, Public Works Center, Senior Center, South Police Station and Turkey Creek Plant.

The estimated cost for moving and installing the shelters is $9,000 each.

These are not community shelters but will be for non-residential facilities such as mobile home parks, nursing homes and daycare facilities.  The shelters can hold 32 to 34 people.

"Some of those very groups were hit by the tornado and we're trying to utilize those shelters that have been put on our community in a way to help protect our community going forward," says City Finance Director Leslie Haase.

Applications will be accepted according to their priority list starting with mobile home parks.

The application deadline is September 17.  For an application visit www.joplinmo.org

 

Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM CST - NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF JOPLIN:

At the City Council meeting held on Monday, August 5th, the City of Joplin acquired 16 temporary tornado shelters, from the State of Missouri through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that are currently located across from the Joplin Regional Airport. The City of Joplin proposed a plan to FEMA and the State of Missouri several months ago to make these shelters available based on a priority list.    The priority list is shown below and will be available to these categories within the City of Joplin and the City of Duquesne.

  • Local and County Governmental Entities
  • Mobile Home Parks
  • Facilities providing 24-hour care for at-risk populations (i.e. nursing homes, group homes for elderly or developmentally disabled, etc.)
  • Facilities providing less than 24-hour care for higher risk populations (i.e. daycares, preschools, schools, etc.)
  • Other Non-Residential Facilities

The City of Joplin will accept applications for the tornado shelters one category at a time for a period of 30 days from entities within Joplin and the City of Duquesne.  If there are fewer applications than shelters in a category, those entities will be granted the shelter.

The City will then accept applications for the remaining tornado shelters in the next category for a period of 30 days.  At the point where applications exceed the number of remaining shelters, a drawing will be used to determine which entities will receive the remaining shelters.  If there are shelters remaining after all categories are exhausted within Joplin and Duquesne, the City will offer the shelters based on the same priority list to entities outside the City of Joplin.  Due to the limited number of shelters, the City can't guarantee that more than one shelter per applicant will be awarded.

The City is now accepting applications from the Mobile Home Parks in Joplin and Duquesne city limits.  Applications are available on the city's website at www.joplinmo.org or you may call ext. 251 and ask that an application be mailed to you.  Deadline for all applications to be submitted for this category is Tuesday, September 17th at 5:00 p.m.

These shelters are rated for a capacity of 32-34 people.  Therefore, these shelters are for commercial use, rather than residential use.

The applicant will be responsible to pay and move the shelter from the current location at the airport site to its final destination, as well as for all installation costs.  The City has estimated that it will cost approximately $9,000 per shelter to move and install.  However, this is an estimate and the costs could be different, depending on circumstances.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Leslie Haase, Finance Director at 624-0820 ext. 251.

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