Kansas City, MO -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that over one million dollars in federal funds have been made available to help construct safe rooms in Reno County, Kan., schools.
The safe rooms are designed to protect children and teachers from the severe storms that produce high winds and deadly tornadoes that are common to this area of the state.
The $1,362,167 grant represents FEMA's contribution to the project. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $1,602,550. The local community will contribute $240,383 with the state globally matching the remainder of the non-federal match requirement.
Arthur L. Freeman, acting director of FEMA's regional office in Kansas City, Mo., said that the funds would come through FEMA's Unmet Needs Program.
The state of Kansas, through the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the local community, will administer and disperse the federal funds. The state determines which projects will receive funding from FEMA.
FEMA's Unmet Needs Program provides 75 percent of the funds for approved projects that lessen or eliminate the loss of lives and property in future disasters. The remaining 25 percent must come from non-federal sources.
These federal funds came from a special appropriation from Congress for unmet needs that were a direct result from the severe storms and flooding that resulted in a Presidential disaster declaration for the state of Kansas in 1999.