Potosi School District constructs community tornado safe room using nature-based solutions and infrastructure improvements.
Potosi, Wisconsin: $2.89 million
Potosi Village, with 688 residents, faces significant risks from tornadoes and severe weather events. The Potosi School District Community Safe Room Project aims to protect 886 occupants by constructing a concrete tornado safe room at the school. The safe room will meet the FEMA publication standards, P-361, Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes, Fourth Edition. It will provide a minimum of two hours of protection and incorporate nature-based solutions, such as rainwater harvesting, to improve local flood conditions. The project also includes building a gymnasium addition with reinforced steel construction and precast wall panels designed for tornadic events.