Tornadoes renew interest in Miss. storm shelters

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Back-to-back weekend of lethal tornadoes have renewed interest in storm shelters around Mississippi.

In Benton County, Kisha Jeanes tells the Clarion-Ledger that she drove her two daughters to the county’s only community storm shelter. She says when they got out, they learned that the twisters had destroyed homes a mile from theirs, killing two people.

She says that since then, she’s been searching the Internet for storm shelters.

The two weekends of tornadoes killed 16 people.

Federal hazard mitigation funding once reimbursed up to 75 percent of a storm shelter’s cost in parts of Mississippi. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency representatives say the recent storms might bring back such aid.