- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved funding for two tornado shelters at schools in north and south Pontotoc County.

Pontotoc County Emergency Management Director Rickey Jaggers tells The Pontotoc Progress (https://bit.ly/1zp9f1c ) that FEMA and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency area providing 90 percent of the funding. The county will provide a 10 percent match.

Jaggers says the shelters will be round dome buildings with 10,563 square feet and space for 1,827 people. He says the buildings will withstand 225 mph winds, the equivalent of an EF5 tornado.

Jaggers says the buildings will cost $1.84 million each.

Pontotoc County School Superintendent Kenny Roye says the shelters can be used as gymnasiums or activity buildings which would free up space for more classrooms elsewhere.

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

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