FEMA approves $1.9M grant to get Harrison Central High storm ready

FEMA approves $1.9M grant to get Harrison Central High storm ready

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a $1.9 million grant that will help Harrison Central High School get storm ready.

This is part of an ongoing retrofitting project to make sure Harrison County School District facilities can survive hurricane-force winds.

This grant will be used for roof hardening at Harrison Central High School.

"The Harrison County schools have worked diligently since Hurricane Katrina to ensure that their facilities can withstand destructive winds. I am pleased that FEMA is continuing to provide resources to carry out this preventative work," said Sen. Thad Cochran.

The federal agency is providing $1.8 million for the project that will be paired with $95,176 in nonfederal funding. In September, FEMA provided more than $91,000 for the architectural and design work for the project.

So far, FEMA has contributed a total of $14.1 million to the Harrison County School District for the retrofitting project.

The ongoing project involves 18 campuses in Harrison County. Many of the facilities are used for shelters during emergencies.

According to Cochran, retrofitting has been completed at seven campuses. The work includes installing doors, windows, and other protective measures that can withstand 180 mph winds.

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