Kennett working on storm shelter project for 1st responders

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - An opportunity to build storm shelters for the city's police and firefighters in case of a tornado may be in the offing, as Kennett Mayor Bob Hancock said the need is great.

A public safety tax failed in November but the need is still there, Hancock told Region 8 News. The city is looking to build storm shelters for the town's police and fire departments as well as possibly ambulance services in the Southeast Missouri town.

"You lose your fire trucks, even your police cars. But you need to protect your first responders," Hancock said. "After a storm is gone, the damage is done."

Hancock said the need is due to protecting emergency responders just in case a storm happens. If it does, the responders can go to an area quickly.

The plan calls for the shelters to be anchored into the ground at the fire department, police department and possibly at the ambulance services. As for a cost of the project, officials were unsure.

Hancock said city officials plan to review the 2017 budget to decide how many shelters the city can purchase.

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