Underground Safe Havens - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Harrisburg, AR -- Gia Hill Reports

Underground Safe Havens

April 10, 2006 -- 6:50 PM CST

 

HARRISBURG, AR -- Severe weather hasn't been a stranger to Region 8, that's why Merle Williams of Poinsett C ounty Emergency Management said that underground safe rooms are a must.

 

"The recent tornados have shown us how very, very important they are," said Williams.     

 

Safe rooms can cost thousands of dollars.    Homeowner Judy Garner chose not to get a safe room, she chose an outside storm shelter instead.

 

"I would have loved to have one, but it would be so expensive," said Garner.   " I don't think I could afford that."     

 

Garner’s shelter can hold 12-20 people, andWilliams said that it's important to have bolts on the shelter door.  

 

"When a tornado comes over, it creates a vacuum," said Williams.  "The vacuum will tend to pull the door out, so it's very important to have at least three bolts to bolt that door and hold it well."   

 

He also said that seeking shelter underground isn't enough, a Noah Weather Alert radio is just as important.  

 

"When a storm comes, the Noah Weather Alert will interrupt the station, or it will come on...even if the radio is not turned on," said Williams.                 

 

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) provides financial help for residents to construct safe rooms or in-ground storm shelters built on their property.   Homeowners can receive a 50 percent rebate, or $1,000, whichever is cheaper.

 

Garner said that she applied for the rebate last week.

 

"It cost me $1800 dollars to put it down and I think it's about half, that you get back...so really the cost is like $900 dollars," she said.      

 

For information on rebates the state offers, visit the ADEM website, www.adem.ar.us.

 

 

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Live in Montgomery: The Day before the Big Game

    Live in Montgomery: The Day before the Big Game

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:41 PM EST2017-12-16 04:41:07 GMT
    Saturday, December 16 2017 8:37 AM EST2017-12-16 13:37:47 GMT
    The A-State football team visited the Rosa Parks Museum this week as part of bowl festivities for the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. (Source: KAIT)The A-State football team visited the Rosa Parks Museum this week as part of bowl festivities for the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. (Source: KAIT)

    It was a busy Friday as the A-State Red Wolves finished the final preparations for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, AL.

    It was a busy Friday as the A-State Red Wolves finished the final preparations for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, AL.

  • One dead, one in custody, investigator says in Lawrence County shooting

    One dead, one in custody, investigator says in Lawrence County shooting

    Friday, December 15 2017 9:17 PM EST2017-12-16 02:17:05 GMT
    Saturday, December 16 2017 8:30 AM EST2017-12-16 13:30:19 GMT
    Lawrence County deputies were at the scene of a shooting Friday night on Highway 91. (Source: KAIT)Lawrence County deputies were at the scene of a shooting Friday night on Highway 91. (Source: KAIT)

    According to Sgt. Jamie White of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, authorities there are investigating a shooting in which a woman was killed. 

    According to Sgt. Jamie White of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, authorities there are investigating a shooting in which a woman was killed. 

  • Greensborough Village project sees first building construction project

    Greensborough Village project sees first building construction project

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:18 PM EST2017-12-16 04:18:27 GMT
    Friday, December 15 2017 11:38 PM EST2017-12-16 04:38:31 GMT
    A developer said Friday that the Greensborough Village project is moving ahead. (Source: KAIT)A developer said Friday that the Greensborough Village project is moving ahead. (Source: KAIT)

    A 200-acre property project in the Hilltop area of Jonesboro is moving ahead, a developer of the project said Friday. 

    A 200-acre property project in the Hilltop area of Jonesboro is moving ahead, a developer of the project said Friday. 

Powered by Frankly