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McDonald Hughes Community Safe Room.  Tuscaloosa Park and Recreation Authority (PARA), Tuscaloosa, AL.  We secured a $2.72 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) award to PARA for this $3.63 million project and recently applied for a significant increase in the federal share..  We serve as project manager and coordinate its implementation.  This dual use facility with a unique dome design will be a gymnasium addition to the existing community center and protect up to 1,700 persons from tornado threats. PARA has supplemented the addition with a complete renovation of the existing building. Located within the heart of the City, this shelter, with matching funds provided by the City of Tuscaloosa, responds to the tornado devastation of April, 2011. 

Mobile County EOC Building Floodproofing. Mobile, AL.This FEMA grant supports the retrofit of the existing EOC to prevent damages from water infiltration.   The existing EOC will eventually serve as a backup response center.

Floodplain Management Planning

Trafford Community Safe Room. Trafford, AL. The proposed safe room to be located next to its Town Hall will protect nearby residents and Town Hall occupants and also serve a dual use purpose as a community center.  The City was awarded a $157,500 FEMA grant to fund 75% of the $210,000 total estimated cost. 

City of Alabaster, AL.  Again partnering with Walter Schoel Engineering Co. we are preparing this strategic plan that responds to the severe flooding issues facing this rapid growth community in suburban Birmingham.  The public outreach website is at alabaster.floodplainmanagementplan.com.

City of Vestavia Hills, AL.  Lehe Planning and Walter Schoel Engineering Co. are preparing this guide to the city's participation in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program of the National Flood Insurance Program. The CRS Program discounts flood insurance premiums in recognition of exceptional floodplain management practices.  A FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) planning grant helped fund this planning process.  More information can be found through the public outreach website at vestavia.floodplainmanagementplan.com.

Hazard Mitigation Planning

Featured Projects in progress

Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation (TDOT) Community Safe Room. Tuscaloosa, AL. The TDOT safe room will be an addition to the City's public works facility and protect up to 481 city employees and neighborhood residents.  This $1 million facility will be funded with the assistance of an $800K FEMA grant.

Mt. Olive Community Safe Room. Tuscaloosa County, AL. The Mt. Olive safe room will be located with and operated by the Mt. Olive Fire Protection District in rural Tuscaloosa County.  It will help protect up to 300  school children and staff, as well as area residents.  The Fire District was awarded a $135,000 FEMA grant to fund 75% of the $180,000 total estimated cost. 

Fosters Community Safe Room. Tuscaloosa County, AL. The Fosters safe room, located on the same site as the Myrtlewood Elementary School in rural Tuscaloosa County will help protect up to 300  school children and staff, as well as area residents.  The Tuscaloosa County Commission was awarded a $450,000 FEMA grant to fund 75% of the $600,000 total estimated cost. 

Community Safe Rooms

Mobile County First Responders Safe Room. Mobile, AL. The proposed safe room will be an addition to the new EOC, which is now under construction.   The safe room addition of 6,270 sf will protect up to 200 first responders and their family members during a hurricane and up to 796 persons during a tornado event.  The $2 million safe room addition to the $11 million EOC is funded in part by a $1.5 million FEMA grant.

Kimberly Community Safe Room. Kimberly, AL. The proposed safe room to be centrally located in the City's main park will protect up to 64 nearby residents and also serve a dual recreational use purpose for this small North Jefferson County community.  The City was awarded a $131,539 FEMA grant to fund 75% of the $175,380 total estimated cost.