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New questions today about the mishandling of this year's deadly tornado outbreak in Alabama.
The agency providing temporary tornado shelters to schools that were damaged but now those schools are being told that they'll eventually have to buy or sell those -- shelters.
Or -- will actually tear them down.
Not only wasting taxpayer dollars the potentially putting children in danger John Roberts is on the story for us live in Atlanta hi John.
This about people of all -- the call an extreme example of bureaucratic red tape.
And no into a person can figure out why FEMA has this policy FEMA will put on school property and you see some of the damage tackle -- high school -- -- elementary school.
Destroy -- they'll put a heartened shelter.
On the school premises but when the school was prepared.
That shelter has to go away three ways that can be done school -- -- it.
But nobody's got the money to do that they could sell it to the community.
But the communities don't have much money and how do you move it anyways of the third FEMA will give them more money these shelters cost about half a million dollars FEMA will give them more money.
To demolish it.
And haul -- -- here's what to cap -- school superintendent Charles Warren told me about that policy.
Don't like to use wording sign her rights.
Let's that's exactly what it is.
And that's what it that's what it is to -- many people including congressman Spencer Bachus who has written to the president saying He was gonna change this policy.
Just doesn't make any sense at all it is shortsighted and indefensible mark.
-- -- does it make it mean that does this issue does it make it says it's fair and that.
Shelters well in a lot of it a lot of these communities they don't have a hardened storm shelter Hatteberg for example the two schools were destroyed when their rebuild.
They will have safe -- inside.
But there's no other place for the citizens of -- -- to go and if He had this facility which would hold 650 people.
In -- central area like the school people could go to that don't forget back in April doing their during the horrible -- -- wrecked.
Eighteen people were killed there.
Brian Hollingsworth is the superintendent of the Marion County schools here's what He told me about how the -- demolition of that shelter would go over in the community.
Right now we're being told there's three options -- -- -- -- victory bills and the people of the of this community.
-- you that structures built.
It's complete we'll -- -- be it didn't really give Michigan.
We say distract from very and that there the big impact where will be.
And northeast on this pictures there how -- the storm shelters are they will withstand 250 mile an hour winds that's the biggest tornado and F five.
And the force of a two by -- being fired at a at a hundred miles an hour.
We reached out to FEMA we wanted to get an interview with director Craig -- get the city couldn't arrange that but here's a statement.
That comes from my Bradley -- FEMA quote we continue to evaluate all the options available to FEMA.
And the school district to ensure that each community is provided every federal resource they are eligible for under the law while remaining and here's the key part.
Proper stewards of the taxpayer's dollar.
You put that statement to the school superintendents and they don't really agree that FEMA looks like they're being proper stewards of the taxpayer dollar at this point.
Very interesting story John and certainly a lot of need for shelter.
In so many situations we've seen recently curious so many communities John thank you very much John Roberts in Atlanta.
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