Local Counties Approve Storm Shelters

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Kentucky got the number one spot, but it may not be for what you think.

The state is leading the nation for the most confirmed tornadoes this year.

Now local communities say the time has never been better to prepare for storms.

"After the unfortunate incident we applied for safe rooms because a lot of our citizens do not have basements and live in mobile homes," says Gary Petty, emergency director of Allen County.

Allen county Emergency Management director Gary Petty is talking about a tornado that took several local resident's lives 5 years ago.

He says the recent storms has only served as more proof, that the area needs public storm shelters.

"We've been approved for nine shelters so far and are waiting for approval on two more and those will be strategically placed around the county at the fire halls," says Petty.

The state of the art safe rooms will cost $80,000 each and will hold 100 people.

Emergency Management says the steel rooms will withstand 260 mile per an hour winds.

"The state share is 12 percent, federal is 75 and county is 13 percent, and I'm very glad we have all the funding in order," says Petty.

Barren county has been approved 11 public shelters and Metcalfe is waiting for final approval in local fiscal court for 10 safe rooms.

"Right now we're in the process of building a storm shelter that we received on a grant," says Captain Smith.

And over at Alvaton's fire department, a brand new storm shelter is almost completed.

"It will hold approximately 300 hundred people, it was intended for the Greenwood trailer park right behind our station," says Smith.

The concrete and steel made room, complete with 2 bathrooms, will be open to anyone in the area and will be the first official public shelter in the area.

"We definitely see a need for the shelter," says Smith.

The construction for Barren and Allen county's shelters is set to begin as soon as the weather gets warmer.

Emergency Management expects the shelters to be ready for next year's storm season.