FULTONDALE, Ala. (WBRC) - Storm shelters continue to be in demand, but Jefferson County just doesn’t have enough to protect all of its citizens.
Fultondale is getting ready to build its third storm shelter and they have hopes for a fourth.
Back in 2011, tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties. Many cities are eligible for federal funds to build storm shelters. Fultondale wants to get more shelters in different parts of the city to provide as much protection as possible.
After those storms, Fultondale built its first storm shelter on the western side of I-65. It can withstand up to 250 mile per hour winds.
“We had no loss of life. A lot of property loss. had no real serious injury but once you have been through that situation. You know it’s something you want to prepare for,” said Mayor Jim Lowery.
Fultondale built a storm shelter on the eastern side of town near the elementary school. The city plans to break ground soon on this property next to the Fultondale Baptist Church for a shelter for the southern part of town.
Mayor Lowery says his people like the extra protection. “If we know one is coming this way we open our building and we have lot of people who want to be prepared. they don’t want to wait until the last minute to try and get here,” said Lowery.
Lowery is talking to the owner of 100 Oaks, a community with mostly manufactured homes, about property for people in the northern section. People who live there say it’s needed.
Lowery needs to get the park owner to help them get the land. The federal government requires them to put storm shelters on public property for the federal funds.