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Rep. Al Lawson Secures $4.6M for Gadsden County Disaster Shelter in Committee Bill

Rep. Al Lawson Secures $4.6M for Gadsden County Disaster Shelter in Committee Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Rep. Lawson (FL-05) announced that he secured inclusion of more than $4.6 million for the Gadsden County W.S. Stevens High School Disaster Shelter in the 2022 Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

These funds will be used to construct a stand-alone, ADA-compliant disaster shelter in Gadsden County that will serve 150-200 people. The shelter can also serve as a staging area for the distribution of FEMA disaster relief information and supplies. Currently, there are no standalone disaster shelters in Gadsden County. Local schools serve as disaster shelters – offering residences a tight window of time to stay prior to a disaster occurring and after the threat is over because the schools must re-open to resume classes and make necessary repairs.

“The experience of recent years has made clear the critical importance of having disaster relief facilities in place to support communities during times of crisis and natural disaster,” Rep. Lawson said. “This funding will ensure that Gadsden County residents are adequately supported and sheltered when disaster strikes.”

Rep. Lawson submitted several Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee. Information on the status of additional requests will be announced in the coming days.

The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee draft bill is the first step in the funding process. Rep. Lawson will continue to fight for this funding as the bill moves to the full Appropriations Committee, consideration on the House Floor, and negotiations with the Senate.


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