On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced the W.S. Stevens High School Disaster Shelter in Gadsden County is penciled in to receive $4.6 million in federal funds.
The money was included in the U.S. Homeland Security Appropriations process which is currently moving ahead on Capitol Hill.
“These funds will be used to construct a stand-alone, ADA compliant disaster shelter in Gadsden County that will serve 150-200 people. The shelter can also serve as a staging area for the distribution of FEMA disaster relief information and supplies. Currently, there are no standalone disaster shelters in Gadsden County. Local schools serve as the disaster shelters – offering residences a tight window of time to stay prior to a disaster occurring and after the threat is over because the schools must re-open to resume classes and make necessary repairs,” Lawson’s office noted.
“The experience of recent years has made clear the critical importance of having disaster relief facilities in place to support communities during times of crisis and natural disaster,” Rep. Lawson said. “This funding will ensure that Gadsden County residents are adequately supported and sheltered when disaster strikes.”
First elected to Congress in 2016 after spending almost three decades in the Florida Legislature, Lawson represents all of Baker, Gadsden, Hamilton and Madison Counties and parts of Columbia, Duval, Jefferson and Leon Counties.
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