Meetings slated for storm shelter grant recipients

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com

The director of Osage County Emergency Management has a reminder for residents who signed up to receive federal storm shelter grant funds — mandatory meetings are coming up in a matter of days, during which grant information packets will be distributed.

Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts emphasized that residents approved for the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funds have to attend one of these meetings in order to participate. If you need to talk with someone about this, call Emergency Management at 918-694-2818.

Roberts said the meetings will be held at nutrition sites in several Osage County communities. In Pawhuska, however, the meetings are planned for the Women’s Building at the county fairgrounds but could be moved to the Ag Building at the fairgrounds because of problems with air-conditioning at the Women’s Building, he said.

The Pawhuska meetings are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 27.

Grant meetings next week are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday in Fairfax; 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday in Shidler; and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday in Skiatook, Roberts said. Residents approved for grant participation should already have received notification letters in the U.S. mail, but they still have to attend a meeting and receive a packet.

Roberts said Osage County has been awarded $502,000 of grant support for the construction of storm shelters. He said that some 180 households signed up, and the grant funds will pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing a storm shelter, up to $2,000. What this means is that the amount of support to be extended for any one shelter is capped at $2,000.

Roberts clarified that Osage County will not spend all of its grant funds during this distribution round, and he hopes the feds will allow the county to open up the process again at a later date to benefit more people.