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Five elementary schools in DeSoto County, Miss., will get safe rooms

The DeSoto County (Miss.) school board has approved bids to build safe rooms on five campuses. The Memphis Commercial Appeal says the rooms will built at Hernando, Horn Lake, Lewisburg, Olive Branch and Walls elementary schools. A sixth school, Hope Sullivan Elementary, is slated to receive a safe room, but approval was deferred because of a procedural error in the low bid. The rooms are reinforced, stand-alone buildings that are intended to provide protection during a tornado. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi EMA are providing 95 percent of the funding through a grant.

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