Piece of $69 million grant likely to be used for Dougherty Co. storm shelters

Piece of $69 million grant likely to be used for Dougherty Co. storm shelters
EMA officials warn people living in mobile homes need to seek safer shelter during tornado warnings. (Source: WALB)
Asst. Chief Eugene Anderson. (Source: WALB)
Asst. Chief Eugene Anderson. (Source: WALB)

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Sunday's confirmed tornado in Southwest Georgia was brief but whipped up potentially deadly 95 mile-per-hour winds.

According to Albany's Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Anderson, 100 mile-per-hour winds can hurl a two-by-four through four double-sided pieces of Sheetrock, and then keep traveling.

After last year's devastating storms, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated a $64.9 million Community Development Block Grant for South and Middle Georgia.

Dougherty County leaders believe the federal grant money will be allocated toward paying for the construction of storm shelters.

These are safe places where people can go to take cover during a tornado.

"In the shelters, you are going to have walls that are built with concrete and rebar and the protection will be built in so the projectiles will not go through those walls," explained Anderson.

Anderson said the main thing is for people to evacuate mobile homes during a threat of a tornado.

It's also important that people take water, food and communication devices like fully charged cell phones into a shelter.

Anderson warned that people need to be able to survive on their own in case they are trapped after a storm.

We should know just how much Dougherty County will receive from the grant within the next 60 days.

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