FEMA approves funding for safe room in Oktibbeha County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing funding for a multipurpose safe room to be built in Starkville.

Posted: Nov 8, 2017 12:11 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing funding for a multipurpose safe room to be built in Starkville.

Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, along with Congressman Gregg Harper, made the announcement Tuesday.

FEMA will provide $1.54 million through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the domed multipurpose facility. This safe room will be built at 607 Lynn Lane in Starkville. It will be designed to have 7,910 square feet of usable space to serve almost 1,600 students, staff and residents.

FEMA standards require this type of building to withstand winds to 250 miles per hour.

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