- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - After six years and $3.4 million, Natchez and Adams County officials cut the ribbon on the Adams County Community Safe Room.

Emergency Management Director Robert Bradford tells The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/1RiVt76) the safe room, a 10,000-square foot building, is built to house between 50 and 700 people for two to 24 hours during an extreme wind event.

Bradford said Monday the building is designed to withstand the force of an EF5 tornado.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Latham said that, while it’s been a few years since a major storm hit Mississippi, buildings such as the safe room are a key part of planning for the inevitable.

Latham says the Adams County safe room is one of 92 that have been or are in the process of being built statewide.


Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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