Parsons, KS -- Federal, state and local officials announced that a free 30-minute presentation on Safe Room construction and current construction costs will be held Monday at the City Municipal Building Auditorium in Parsons.
The presentation, which is open to the general public, contractors and local government officials will be given at 2:00 PM and again at 7:00 PM Individuals who were affected by the recent severe storms and tornadoes on April 19th and 20th and people from the surrounding communities are encouraged to attend.
Craig Baltimore, assistant professor of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science from Kansas State University, will head the presentation. "Explaining to homeowners, business owners and renters, that a Safe Room may be built without hiring a contractor, is important," Baltimore said. "Not everyone can afford to contract for these rooms to be built."
"Whether you choose to 'do-it-yourself' or hire a contractor, it is very important to use the approved plans offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)," said Anne Allen, state coordinating officer for Kansas. Brochures that include these plans will be available at the presentation "free of charge."
"Before any construction begins, you should contact your local municipality and apply for a building permit," Allen added.
Additional information regarding Safe Room construction is also available on the FEMA website at www.fema.gov.
Following the main presentation, Mr. Baltimore will be available to answer specific questions pertaining to an individual's needs. City officials also will be available to answer questions.