The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

August 21, 2013

Applications for storm shelters available; first round is for mobile home parks

Applications are being taken by the city of Joplin for storm shelters that are available from the former temporary housing sites set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after the May 2011 tornado.

In a related discussion, the board of trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund agreed Wednesday to hear proposals for possibly providing some money to nonprofit organizations to put in shelters and provide shelters for individual homes.

FEMA and the State Emergency Management Agency gave Joplin the 32 shelters that were used at temporary housing sites that have now been closed.

The city will use 16 of the shelters, stationing them on public property, such as the Joplin Athletic Complex, Schifferdecker Golf Course, the Joplin Regional Airport, the Public Works Center and the Joplin Senior Center.

A first round of applications for the remaining 16 shelters is open to mobile home park operators in Joplin and Duquesne. They have until Sept. 17 to apply.

Leslie Haase, the city finance director, had recommended to the City Council that vulnerable locations or organizations be offered the FEMA shelters.

The City Council on Aug. 5 authorized the plan to provide the shelters for free. Those who want the shelters must pay for their relocation, which could cost $9,000, Haase said.

Application periods for the FEMA shelters will be opened in rounds to different groups.

Shelters not promised to applicants in this round will be made available for the next. Applications then will be accepted from places that operate 24 hours to care for at-risk people, such as nursing homes and group homes for the elderly or disabled. That round will open after Sept. 17.

After that round, if there are still FEMA shelters available, applications would be opened to places that provide less than 24-hour care for at-risk residents, such as day care centers and preschools.

Applications for the city’s FEMA shelter giveaway are available at www.joplinmo.org. Details are available by calling 624-0820, ext. 251.

In discussions of the tornado fund board on Wednesday, chairman Phil Stinnett said the board had previously discussed making applications available to help nonprofits pay for installation of the FEMA shelters. Another proposal calls for funding a nonprofit group that could provide individual shelters to people in need or in a lottery.

The board agreed Wednesday to accept proposals. An announcement is to be made as to when applications for those proposals are to be taken, the board agreed.

In another matter, the board authorized a grant of $50,000 to Rebuild Joplin. The grant had been on hold until the organization, which repairs and rebuilds tornado-damaged houses, had finished spending an earlier grant.



Storm shelters

THE FEMA SHELTERS hold 32 to 34 people and are intended for commercial rather than residential use.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • r073114rebuildjoplin3.jpg 30 volunteers a day would be a ‘game-changer’ for Rebuild Joplin

    Betty and Louis Wirick, both 79, say they are grateful to have survived the 2011 tornado as it tore down part of their home of 25 years on South Bird Avenue. But three years later, they are frustrated.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Event for veterans on tap at Crowder

    For area veterans who have returned home from more than a decade at war, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks hopes to send a simple message at an event this weekend: Welcome home.

    August 1, 2014

  • Fair to feature goats, chickens and decorated bras

    Along with the usual fair sights, sounds and smells — livestock, poultry, produce and the like — there will be something a bit unusual at the Cherokee County American Legion Free Fair this year: Decorated brassieres. And pink. Lots of pink.

    August 1, 2014

  • Damien D Doxley 051314.jpg Prison term meted out in carjacking case

    A Newton County judge assessed a defendant in a Joplin carjacking case seven years in prison Friday on a conviction on a charge of tampering with a motor vehicle.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 080114 Older worker1_72.jpg Co-workers, friends honor nurse with 50-year career

    Wilma Massey has worked a half century in health care and, even at the age of 74, she’s the first to arrive at work each morning.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Amendment 7 backers tout safety, new jobs; foes say special interests to benefit

    The constitutional amendment, sent to the voters by the Legislature this year, would temporarily increase Missouri’s sales tax by three-quarters of 1 percent, raising an estimated $5.4 billion for the next decade to fund transportation projects.

    August 1, 2014

  • Brownback names 3 Kansas Board of Regents members

    Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday named a former veteran Kansas House member and two attorneys to the board overseeing the state’s higher education system.

    August 1, 2014

  • Grant to fund solar energy system for PSU’s Plaster Center

    An $80,000 grant from Westar Energy will fund solar panels to provide both energy and education at the Robert W. Plaster Center, now under construction at Pittsburg State University.

    August 1, 2014

  • Survey seeks views on Joplin’s future goals

    Residents are being asked to fill out a survey on priorities for Joplin’s future. The effort was inspired by a meeting of community leaders last month. Survey forms are available at the Joplin Public Library and online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/jointjoplinareaplanningsurvey.

    July 31, 2014

  • Habitat slates volunteer work days

    In the wake of the 2011 tornado, Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity has been a partner with organizations and individuals in the construction of 86 new houses. But what’s also needed, Executive Director Scott Clayton said, are repairs to area homes.

    July 31, 2014

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Do you plan on voting in the Aug. 5 elections being held in Missouri and Kansas?

Yes
No
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter