JOPLIN, Mo. —
The city of Joplin is making tornado shelters that were part of housing assistance for residents affected by the 2011 tornado available to a new category: buildings where 24-hour care for at-risk populations is provided.
Those may include nursing homes and other group homes for the elderly or developmentally disabled.
Only applicants from those entities will be accepted until the Nov. 1 application deadline.
The city acquired 16 tornado shelters from the state through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They were used at the FEMA villages, across from the Joplin Regional Airport.
Leslie Haase, city finance director, said so far, four of the 16 shelters have been awarded in the priority categories of local and county governments, and mobile home parks, but none have yet been transported.
The city established a procedure to take applications for the shelters one category at a time for a period of 30 days to entities in Joplin and Duquesne.
The city will accept applications for any remaining tornado shelters in the next category for a period of 30 days, until they all have been distributed. Remaining categories include buildings providing less than 24-hour care for higher-risk populations, including child day cares, schools and preschools; and other nonresidential buildings.
The shelters are for commercial use and are rated for a capacity of up to 34 people.
Applicants are responsible for transporting the shelters from the airport site to its destination and all installation costs. The city estimates that cost to be around $9,000, but actual costs could be different.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.
Owners or officials with buildings that provide 24-hour care for at-risk populations may apply for the tornado shelters by emailing Leslie Haase, city finance director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with questions my call Haase at 624-0820, ext. 251.