Residents of Aliceville, Alabama sought out a shelter to escape a disastrous tornado.
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A tornado in Aliceville, Alabama devastated the area Tuesday. According to, about 150 people relocated to a shelter earlier this week after a tornado warning was issued. The shelter is a long metal tube and is features a generator for power. reported:

Following the deadly tornado outbreak of spring 2011, Alabama counties received federal funds from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The program was designed to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a presidential major disaster declaration, which occurred in 2011.

Using that grant money, Pickens County Emergency Management Director Ken Gibson said, 14 shelters were installed across Pickens County. The sizes of the shelters across the county differ, but they can seat anywhere from 47-96 people, and they can accommodate dozens more who stand.

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