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Seeking Shelter

By May 21, 2013

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We live in the natural world. We have no choice.  Maplesville community storm shelter is shaped like a mantle clock that can hold 100 people. Providing shelter from severe weather has always been problematic, and many towns are taking action. With FEMA's help, Maplesville, Alabama has built the community storm shelter shown here. Shaped like a mantle clock, this structure has saved more than 100 people from damaging winds and tornadoes. Read more about this community shelter.

FEMA's list of potential natural disasters exhausts me—and some say that climate change makes severe weather inevitable. As we mourn the horrific outcomes of recent tornadoes, let's explore the building choices that we DO have.

Protecting Your Community from Disaster:

Above: Maplesville community storm shelter, shaped like a Tambour-style mantle clock. Photo ID 54767 by Brian Glaviano/Grieg Powers/FEMA.

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