Geneva County receives around $770K in funds for storm shelters

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — The Geneva County Commission has received more than $770,000 state dollars for storm shelters.

Instead of using the money to partially fund homeowner facilities, the county will use the appropriation to partially fund community shelters, which will each provide space for more than 100 people.

“What the state recommended (is) that we might want to talk about community safe rooms, maybe one in each district or each town,” interim EMA director Margaret Mixon said.

If a town decides to install a community storm shelter, it’ll be required to spend a 25 percent local match to cover the installation expense.

The commission also voted to hire Samson resident Eric Johnson as its new Geneva County EMA director.

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