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Funding available for public hurricane shelter hardening
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Funding available for public hurricane shelter hardening

In an effort to create additional public shelter spaces, Pinellas County is offering capital funds to assist with certain construction features of new or refurbished existing structures to serve as public shelter spaces for a defined period of time. Businesses, private schools and other organizations are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

Pinellas County emergency management staff will assist with the identification of suitable structures based on American Red Cross shelter guidelines (ARC 4496).

Some of the criteria looked for in buildings are:

  • Built after 2002
  • Located in non-evacuation areas (Some facilities in evacuation levels D and E may be considered)
  • Steep-pitched, hipped or heavy concrete roofs
  • Interior corridors and rooms away from windows
  • Adequate window protection (large-missile impact resistant glass or storm shutters/panels)

Some of the criteria may or may not be factors in ruling out the use of buildings. For instance, buildings meeting roof and wall criteria without adequate window protection are still viable candidates, as are buildings built before 2002 meeting most of the criteria.

Companies or organizations planning new construction make especially good candidates for new public shelter space.

Those companies or organizations with facilities meeting some or all of the criteria that are willing to participate as community partners in sheltering may contact Jan Walker, emergency management specialist at (727) 464-3235 or jwalker@pinellascounty.org for more information.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency and join Pinellas County EM on Twitter. Pinellas County government is also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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