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Harrison County School District Retrofitting 19 Schools to Withstand High Winds

By Rhonda Miller | Published 01 Aug 2012 08:57am | comments
A $5.4 million FEMA grant will retrofit 19 schools in the Harrision County School District to make doors and windows hurricane-resistant. Two new high schools, D'Iberville and West Harrision, were built to serve as hurricane shelters.

Nineteen schools in the Harrison County School District are being retrofitted to withstand hurricane force winds.  MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports the funds for the upgrade are from a $5.4 million FEMA grant.

The 19 schools will have new screens, but they’re far from typical window screens.  Harrison County School District Superintendent of Education Henry Arledge says these are the screens specifically for hurricane-prone regions.

"It’s designed to withstand projectiles up to 140 mph. And then the doors will be secured with a pull-down door closure that will close it off in the event of hurricane."

Schools throughout the district were seriously damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Two new high schools, D’Iberville and West Harrison, have been built to serve as hurricane shelters.

The school district will contribute five percent of the cost of the window and door retrofit project.  Arledge said bids have gone out and the project is expected be done by the 2013 hurricane season. 

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A $5.4 million FEMA grant will retrofit 19 schools in the Harrision County School District to make doors and windows hurricane-resistant. Two new high schools, D'Iberville and West Harrision, were built to serve as hurricane shelters.


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