FEBRUARY 18, 2005 - Posted at 11:23 a.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR - Since 1999, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) has administered the state's Safe Room/In-Ground Shelter program, and officials with the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management today closed out Severe Weather Awareness Week by lauding the importance of safe rooms and storm shelters.
OES Director Jack Richardson told K8 News one of the advantages of safe rooms in residential dwellings is their ability to blend in with the home's normal decor and architectural style. "People build them in their homes as closets. You can build them as restrooms, bathrooms...just any room and the room can be finished, and it looks just like a regular room, except for the door with the three locks on it," said Richardson.