MS Officials Announce Three New Hurricane Shelters Mobile, AL (July 13, 2011) – Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction, Inc. and officials from Jackson County, Mississippi, including representatives from FEMA, MEMA, Broaddus & Associates and Bolton & Associates, announced the construction of a trio of new hurricane shelters in one of the largest public safety projects the county has undertaken with a formal ground-breaking ceremony in Vancleave, MS yesterday. The shelter project has been underway since May of this year. “We are excited to be working on another hurricane shelter project with the state of Mississippi. After seeing the damage that Hurricane Katrina did to Jackson County we are glad to be able to utilize our expertise to continue to provide MS residents with future lifesaving protection,” said Seth Dunne, WSC Project Manager. The new shelters will be designed in accordance with FEMA’s strict 361 Design and Construction Guidelines for Community Shelters and will be located in Vancleave, Hurley and St. Martin. Shelter features include the following: • capability of withstanding up to 200 mph winds, • built with eight inch thick concrete walls, • capacity of housing up to 800 people, • ability to store up to 20,000 gallons of portable water, and • self-supporting utilities. Each shelter building project will cost $3 million dollars with a vast majority of the funding coming from FEMA. Construction of the shelters will be completed by hurricane season 2012. White-Spunner Construction also recently completed three FEMA 361 storm shelters in Harrison County, Mississippi, another area destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.