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The City Of Joplin Gives FEMA Shelters New Homes

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The City of Joplin today finishes moving FEMA storm shelters to new locations on city property. 32 shelters were left after the FEMA Trailer Park closed last year, and though 17 are going to other organizations, the city is keeping 15 to make sure employees and citizens are safe when storms hit.  

"We know that weather in SW Missouri is sometimes a little fickle and having shelters around where people can go is obviously a good thing," said Lt. Darren Gallup of the Joplin Police Department.
  
Gallup heads operations at the Joplin Police Department's South Station off of 34th street. His station is one of 15 city owned properties throughout town receiving a FEMA storm shelter for their building. And the police station makes the last of the storm shelter deliveries for Joplin.
  
"Saving the best for last," Gallup said with a laugh.
  
Gallup says the south station was not built to withstand severe storms and previously when the weather got rough, non-essential employees were sent to the main station downtown to stay safe. And with 26 employees working in and out of his building everyday, it means if bad weather ever hits, there is now plenty of room for everyone, just outside of their back door.
  
"It's certainly a relief for all of the guys and anything we can do to keep our officers safe, and make it a safer work environment makes it a better working environment," Gallup said.
 
Lyden Lawson is the Assistant Director of Public Works. He's overseeing the shelter moves and says he personally went and surveyed each sight. Those include the golf course, athletic center and airport -- in addition to the police station.

"It's good to have that shelter that's there so that the workers or any civilians that are around the area have somewhere to go. They can go under the shelter," Lawson said.
 
The city contracted out the cost of moving the 15 shelters for a bid of 65 thousand dollars. But wants to remind citizens that each shelter holds about only 35 occupants, so it's important to always have a personal plan in place when storm sirens go off.

And though all of the city owned storm shelters are now gone from the FEMA Trailer Park, you may still notice a few stragglers. Those are the now privately owned shelters that went to organizations ranging from the Girl Scouts, Mobile Home Parks to The Ozark Center.

Though each shelter was free to the outside organization, they do still have to pay to have it transported.

For a link to the City of Joplin website, click here. 

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