Spring Hill School Safe Room, Hazard Mitigation Application
On April 02, 2015, a major disaster declaration was issued by President Donald J. Trump following severe winter storms and flooding, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred between February 15, 2015 to February 22, 2015. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds were made available to provide resources to assist states, tribal governments, territories and local communities in their efforts to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as authorized by the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended. This funding is implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207.
Proposed Work and Purpose: The Gibson County Special School District proposes the construction of a Safe Room at Spring Hill School. Spring Hill School is a rural K-8 school with a current enrollment of 119 students and 21 staff members. The proposed Safe Room will be a new construction within an expansion directly connected to the existing school building. This safe space will contain a total of 1,370 gross square feet. The usable square footage is 1,250 and will house up to 248 people which will accommodate for future growth of student/staff and community populations. During the school day, the Spring Hill School Safe Room will only be available for students and staff. The target population during the school hours will be 140 at-risk occupants, 119 students and 21 employees. During non-school hours (evening and night), the Spring Hill School Safe Room will be open to the residential community. The safe room will target 70 at-risk residents who are within a 5 minute walk or .5 mile driving distance from the shelter. The Gibson County Special School District will take ownership and be responsible for post project site maintenance and inspections. Building a Safe Space is the only permanent solution to mitigate the risk of imminent danger of students, staff, and community from high-wind events including tornados. Information regarding the location of the property selected for this mitigation effort is detailed below:
Location of Proposed Work: Spring Hill School is located at 84 State Route 188, 11 miles west of the City of Trenton in Gibson County. The proposed school is located in Zone IV on the Wind Zones Map and is in an area that has >15 F3, F4, & F5 Tornados per 2,400 square miles placing this school at high risk for tornado and high-wind events (Taking Shelter from the Storm, FEMA, 3rd Edition).
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with the proposed project and is wishing to comment on this project may submit written comments to the Gibson County Special School District, contact information below. All comments received by the close of business day on May 11, 2018 will be reviewed by the Gibson County Special School District and forwarded on to the State and FEMA.
Anessa Ladd, Grant Manager
130 Trenton Highway, Dyer, TN 38330
Tele: 731-692-3802 or