By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Lee County will erect a series of storm shelters to protect emergency workers who can’t abandon their posts in severe weather.
The shelters will be located near volunteer fire stations, the county road department, the E911 building and other important sites throughout the area.
Three companies submitted bids to provide the above-ground, prefabricated structures. Supervisors opened the bids Monday. They ranged from $54,600 to $55,760 for all eight locations.
Each location will have one or two shelters to hold a maximum of 16 people, said county Administrator Sean Thompson. Ninety percent of the shelters’ cost will be paid through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.
The county and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will split the remaining 10 percent.
Supervisors took the bids under advisement. They likely will vote to select one in August.
The shelters could be erected late this summer. It will take about one month to install them.