Cedar Ridge School District was recently awarded a grant through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance program to construct a safe room that will provide protection for approximately 500 students and employees.
The safe room will be located between Cedar Ridge Elementary and the Cedar Ridge Early Learning Center and will be open to community members as a safe room location when school is not in session.
“I am excited to have a safe shelter area for our students during school hours and for our community when school is not in session,” District Superintendent Andy Ashley said. “I previously worked at a school district that was hit by both an F 2 and an F 4 tornado during the time I worked there, so having a safe room in this community is very important to me.”
Ashley said that when the facility is not being used as a safe room, it will be used as an indoor play facility for students.
“This will provide our students with an alternate recess site when weather does not permit them to play outside,” he said.
While there is no current expected date of completion for the project, Ashley will meet with representatives from FEMA to discuss construction plans in October.
“This process will be completed using very specific plans and guidelines so the timeline will be different from a standard construction project,” he said.