Preparing for Worst, Results in the Best
The state of Mississippi was devastated in recent years by natural disasters the most infamous of which was Hurricane Katrina. As a result, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was tasked with building
several emergency shelters to mitigate future catastrophes.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi’s emergency shelter plan was comprised of designated public buildings and schools. However the re-purposed structures proved to be insufficient for the historically
severe storm and new self sustainable shelters were necessary.
Walter Bolton & Associates, a local architect firm, modified an existing
tornado shelter design into a state-of-the-art emergency storm
shelter. With the help of Canon Engineering, LLC; the new FEMA
shelters would include fire suppression capabilities, septic holding tanks for waste, and emergency drinking water supplies capable of sustaining
livable conditions for storm victims.
Each site included:
(1) 30,000 gallon Flowtite® fire suppression tank with vertical pump vault
(1) 20,000 gallon NSF lined Flowtite® potable water storage tank
(1) 20,000 gallon Flowtite® onsite septic tank
Several FEMA shelters have now been constructed in Mississippi and each can properly house and
protect storm victims for days not just hours. Local communities have embraced the federally funded construction and feel safer with each completed site. This remarkable achievement is an example of proper planning and foresight. Hopefully no one will see another Hurricane Katrina but thankfully for Mississipians, if such a storm does occur they will be ready.