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6 DeSoto Co. schools will get safe rooms for severe weather

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DESOTO COUNTY, MS -

(WMC-TV) - During severe weather, parents are often concerned about their child's safety, especially when they are at school.

Parents in DeSoto County will soon be able to rest easier knowing that students at six schools will have a safe room to retreat to when bad weather hits.

"They are built by code to withstand tornados," DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Milton Kuykendall explained.

Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will cover 95 percent of the $8 million it will cost to build the safe rooms in six of the county's schools. The county will only have to pay about $405,000.

"It is a win-win for DeSoto County," said Kuykendall. "Our children win because we can get them all in case of a tornado, we can use them for PE, we can use them for facilities."

Because of the room's size, the schools selected for the rooms had to have less than 883 students.

Hernando Elementary, Horn Lake Elementary, Lewisburg Elementary, Olive Branch Elementary, Walls Elementary and Hope Sullivan Elementary will house the safe rooms.

The goal is to earn more grants in order to build additional safe rooms.

The rooms will not be ready for the next severe weather season, as construction will start this spring and should take around one year to complete.

The DeSoto County School Board unanimously approved the bids.

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