- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Tupelo School District and the city of Tupelo are seeking federal funds to build storm shelters at three elementary schools.

If funding is approved, the shelters will be built to hold the students and faculty at Carver, Thomas Street and Joyner schools if there is severe weather during schools hours.

They will also be made available to the general public.

Officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency would provide $2.06 million for the shelters under the grant proposal. The school district will pay $272,192.

School officials say the dome-shaped structures would be designed to withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour.

Schools can use them for gymnasiums and additional classroom space.

Officials hope to have the shelters finished within the next two years.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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