The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1.35 million to the

State of Texas for construction of a community safe room in the City of Robstown in Nueces County, Texas. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will pay 75 percent, or $1.35 million, of the $1.8 million total for the project, which is being built under the Texas Safe Shelter Initiative.

It will be 15,000 square feet in size and will be a disaster safe room for the City of Robstown that will meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s criteria for near-absolute protection from hurricanes and tornadoes for essential personnel and identified persons with access and functional needs as well as special medical needs. The concrete dome shaped safe room will also serve as multi-purpose gymnasium/community center for the community.

Nueces County Judge Lloyd Neal had the decision in prioritizing the projects for Nueces County, and ranked the City of Robstown’s as top priority. City of Robstown Officials have worked diligently to ensure that this project comes to fruition by ensuring the 25% match requirements will be met, ensuring that the secondary use will benefit the community as a multipurpose gymnasium/ community center, and establishing a centralized location at a site next to the Boys and Girls Club on Ligustrum Boulevard. This project will help us to continue in planning and preparing for emergencies as the hub for western Nueces County.

A groundbreaking will be announced soon.

The federal shares of the funds for the projects come from the agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). HMGP provides grants to states, and tribal and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures that reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.