South Plains Association of Governments: Built to Weather Any West Texas Storm

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

Extreme winds and tornado damage are common in West Texas and the South Plains. To protect citizens from future storms, the South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) provided rebates of up to $2,500 for 188 homeowners to build an approved safe room through the Built to Weather Any West Texas Storm project. The location of each completed safe room has its grid coordinates recorded and later provided to the local Emergency Management Coordinator to allow emergency responders to locate and check on these homeowners in the event of a disaster. SPAG applied for and managed the grant from the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management and coordinated with the National Weather Service and media to promote the program.

Elena Quintanilla, Director of Regional Services: [email protected]
Tim Pierce, Executive Director: [email protected]

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