Coffee County EMA asks for churches’ help in creating hurricane shelters

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COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The Coffee County Emergency Management Agency is asking local churches for help in setting up shelters for hurricane season.

EMA director James Brown previously told WDHN that with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines in place, establishing shelter has been more difficult due to the limits on capacity.

Enterprise High School, for example, housed 88 people during Hurricane Michael. During the pandemic, the school’s capacity would be cut down to 30 people.

As such, the EMA asks churches to offer themselves as a “Safer Place” during tropical systems to help ensure social distancing in shelters. The church would staff these shelter, and even though they do not provide the same level of protection as a FEMA shelter would, they are an improvement over mobile homes.

If you are interested, you can call the EMA 894-5415 or 894-5375 to discuss the program.

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