University of Alabama Receives Grant for Storm Shelter

University Of Alabama

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Kayla Smith

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the University of Alabama a $2 million grant to build a storm shelter on the University Services Campus in Tuscaloosa.

“We’ve always been an area where potential tornadic activity takes place, but after 2011 that certainly changes things for the whole community and certainly impacted the campus community severely,” said UA Associate Vice President for Public Safety Ralph Clayton.

The new community safe room will be 6,700 square feet and will hold 833 people.

According to FEMA 361 standards, the shelter will be built to withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour.

The shelter will be located on the east side of campus along Helen Keller Boulevard.

“I just want to stress the commitment of the university to providing a safe environment and providing enough sheltering space for our campus community,” said Clayton.

The university currently has seven storm shelters, some of which have been designed shelter locations for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

For more information about shelter locations and regulations, you can visit

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