|At the Joplin City Council meeting held on August 5, 2013, the city acquired 16 temporary tornado shelters from the state of Missouri through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The city proposed a plan to FEMA and the state of Missouri several months ago to make these shelters, currently located across from the Joplin Regional Airport, available based on a priority list for the cities of both Joplin and Duquesne.
The shelters that are rated for a capacity of 32-34 people, commercial use only, will house:
- local and county governmental entities
- residents of mobile home parks
- facilities providing 24-hour care for at-risk populations (i.e. nursing homes, group homes for elderly or developmentally disabled, etc.)
- facilities providing less than 24-hour care for higher risk populations (i.e. daycares, preschools, schools, etc.)
- other non-residential facilities
The city of Joplin will accept applications for the tornado shelters one category at a time for a period of 30-days from entities within Joplin and the city of Duquesne on a first come, first served basis. At the point where applications exceed the number of remaining shelters, a drawing will be used to determine which entities will receive the remaining shelters. If there are shelters remaining after all categories are exhausted within Joplin and Duquesne, the city will offer the shelters based on the same priority list to entities outside the city of Joplin. Due to the limited number of shelters, the city canít guarantee that more than one shelter per applicant will be awarded.
The applicant will be responsible to pay and move the shelter from the current location at the airport site to its final destination, as well as for all installation costs. The city has estimated that it will cost approximately $9,000 per shelter to move and install. However, this is an estimate and the costs could be different, depending on circumstances.
Applications from the mobile home parks in Joplin and Duquesne city limits are now being accepted until 5 p.m. on September 17, 2013. Find one on the cityís website here or you may call (417) 624-0820, ext. 251 and ask that an application be mailed to you.