FEMA's Fugate tours school safe room while in Mississippi

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 27, 2015 at 6:11 a.m.



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GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the agency's greatest lessons since Hurricane Katrina have been in how to prepare and respond to the most severe emergencies.

On Wednesday, as part of 10-year anniversary of Katrina, FEMA director Craig Fugate toured a safe room at West Harrison High School. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Latham and local officials joined him.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1KPUmEO ) that Fugate says FEMA has spent about $261.5 million to repair 221 schools in Mississippi and to rebuild 14. Another $16.8 million went to retrofitting existing schools against wind damage.

Fugate and Latham say the federal and state agencies have gone from hoping no storm is worse than what they're prepared for to preparing for the worst possible scenarios.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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