FEMA approved a grant for the Monolithic Dome safe shelter at Dodge City Community College. The dome will be their new student activities center and also the campus tornado safe room. Plans include a full basketball / volleyball court, locker rooms, classrooms, fitness center, student lounge, and more.
“This is really exciting news, what we’ve been waiting for,” said Roger Proffitt, DCCC Foundation director. "We sent the final design and costs to FEMA about two months ago and this approval letter lets us begin construction.
“Our grant application with FEMA for $491,000 will help fund the student activities center/tornado shelter/monolithic dome. This last step has been approved in a long process.”
The inherent strength of the Monolithic Dome meets FEMA’s guidelines for Near-Absolute Protection during disasters. Where conventional safe rooms are merely hardened small rooms for shelter only, the Monolithic Dome makes a complete facility including basketball and volleyball courts AND a safe refuge during disasters.
Check out the video fly-through of the new activity center: