TEXARAKANA, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Texas Division of Emergency Management will sponsor a Tornado Safety and Rebuilding Workshop at the DeKalb Middle School in DeKalb on Tuesday, June 1. The workshop will run from 3 to 6 p.m.
The workshop will feature presenters from Texas Tech University, authors of "Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House." Homeowners and building professionals are invited to attend. Workshop discussion will include: Basic shelter concepts; Shelter design criteria; Analysis and testing done by Texas Tech; Important elements of design and construction of safe rooms; and discussion of future shelter research. Copies of "Taking Shelter From the Storm" will be provided to all attendees. Attendance at the workshop is free.
Individuals not able to attend the DeKalb workshop may order a free copy of "Taking Shelter From the Storm" by calling 1-800-480-2520, and asking for FEMA publication number 320. The booklet is also available on the FEMA website www.fema.gov/fima/tsfs01.shtm.
Anyone who has not yet registered for assistance and had damages or losses as a result of the May 4 tornadoes in Bowie, Red River, and Titus counties is urged to immediately call FEMA teleregistration at 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT daily.