Tuscaloosa to build community safe room with FEMA grant money

The City of Tuscaloosa will be able to implement two emergency preparedness projects, thanks to grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The two Hazard Mitigation grants total of more than $1.13 million.{}

One grant, for nearly $500,000, will be used to build a community safe room at Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation building. The safe room will provide emergency shelter for up to 300 people.

The other{}grant, for nearly $640,000, will be used to provide an emergency power generator for waste water treatment facilities. This will ensure continued sanitary sewer service in the event of a power outage.

The FEMA Hazard Mitigation grant program provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.