MCC FEMA Shelter Provides a Safe Place During the Storm

View from MCC-Longview campus during severe weather.
View from MCC-Longview campus during severe weather

The MCC Police Department is reporting that we provided shelter to more than 200 people on the MCC-Longview Campus during tonight’s severe weather.

MCC Officers report providing a safe space for a total of 84 people in the FEMA shelter located in the Cultural Arts Center on the MCC-Longview Campus, 22 people took shelter in the High-Tech Automotive Center, 35 people took shelter in the Recreational Center and 35 more people took shelter in the Science and Technology Building.  All other buildings on the MCC – Longview campus were vacant during the storm.

A reminder, MCC’s safe rooms, completed in 2008 with the help of a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are located on each campus and at the Pioneer satellite location. Each facility, designed to protect people in the event of a tornado or other severe weather event, is built to withstand winds up to 250 mph.

MCC storm shelter locations include the following:
MCC-Blue River Arts and Sciences Building
MCC-Business and Technology Conference Annex
MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center
MCC-Maple Woods Campus Center
MCC-Penn Valley Education Center
MCC-Pioneer Facility Services Annex

Use of the storm shelters is part of MCC’s comprehensive emergency response plan.