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FEMA To Fund Community Safe Room In Tuscaloosa

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A nearly $500,000 federal grant is being used to build a community safe room in Tuscaloosa.

An announcement released Friday says the shelter will house as many as 300 people in Tuscaloosa, where more than 50 people died in the April 27 tornado outbreak last year. It will be located at the city's transportation building.

The money is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Another $640,000 grant will be used for an emergency generator for waste water treatment facilities.

In all, the city is receiving more than $1.1 million in federal disaster mitigation grants.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Ryan Vasquez is a reporter and the former APR host of All Things Considered.
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