The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 6, 2013

Tornado grant trustees look to shelter placement

By Susan Redden

JOPLIN, Mo. — Trustees overseeing a Joplin tornado fund hope to use some of their remaining money to move FEMA-financed tornado shelters to areas where they are needed.

About 70 shelters will be available from mobile home parks financed by FEMA, members of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund board of trustees were told at a meeting today.

Phil Stinnett, chairman, said the group has about $269,000 left to allocate and wants to be able to use some of that money to move the large concrete shelters to sites that would benefit Joplin residents.

“We would have to work with a non-profit that requested one,” he said. “It would cost between $3,000 and $4,000 to move one and set it up, but we could step in for those costs.”

Board members also re-elected Stinnett as board chairman.