Construction Complete on Safe Room Housed on CCC Campus

With Mississippi’s unpredictable weather, residents of Coahoma County and the campus of Coahoma Community College can now rest a little more comfortably with the completion of a protective safe room.

In front of a crowd of onlookers, the facility was officially dedicated in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

Construction Complete on Safe Room Housed on CCC Campus

“Dedication and ribbon-cutting held for the complex.”

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Thu May 3, 2018

With Mississippi’s unpredictable weather, residents of Coahoma County and the campus of Coahoma Community College can now rest a little more comfortably with the completion of a protective safe room.

In front of a crowd of onlookers, the facility was officially dedicated in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

Through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program award, construction of the 10,000-square-foot safe room, built to FEMA-361 standards to protect people during hurricane or tornado-force winds has been completed on the campus of Coahoma Community College. The multipurpose facility is constructed to withstand wind speeds up to 250 mph.

As it stands, the safe room is able to protect 1,592 students, faculty, staff, and residents within a half-mile radius of Coahoma Community College. It is located at 3240 Friars Point Road on the North end of campus. Federal funding, which totaled $1,491,300, represented 90 percent of the $1,657,000 total construction cost.

Dr. Valmadge T. Towner – President of Coahoma Community College, is thrilled that this five-year journey has come to an end and is pleased that this initiative was a product of many partnerships.

“I am absolutely elated that this safe room is complete and that it is a product of partnerships that took place on the local, state, and federal levels. It speaks to that fact that great things can and do come to fruition through the hard work and dedication of many,” said Towner. “Coahoma Community College could not have done this alone and we are proud to have this new addition on our campus.”

“We are striving to be a storm-ready campus. With the severe weather events that can occur in the Mississippi Delta, we want to ensure that we are prepared at all times,” Towner added.

The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program that was utilized for this project provides funding to states and local governments for long-term hazard mitigation activities designed to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters. Data shows that investments in hazard mitigation before a disaster creates a net savings of taxpayer dollars during post-disaster response and recovery periods.

Click the link for photos from the event: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmhi1zkP