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The safe room has 4,000 square feet of climate-controlled space that can be utilized as a meeting space during non-threatening weather times. During threatening weather, the room was designed to withstand 250 mile per hour winds for three seconds and to provide shelter for up to 462 patients, staff members and community residents. The safe room at the hospital also enhances the hospital’s capabilities for triage during times of mass casualty with a backup power supply.
Federal and state grant programs provided most of the funding for the TCMH Community Safe Room. The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $873,689 in grant funds, and $298,400 was awarded to the project through a Community Development Block Grant. The Missouri Development Finance Board allocated $250,000 in state credits to assist with raising the additional funds needed to for construction of the tornado safe room. The Healthcare Foundation has these tax credits available for donations received on the project through December 2015.
In between the tornado safe room walls and the current hospital building construction for a new surgery department is underway. The 7,000 square foot surgery department will include two operating rooms, an outpatient procedure room, and larger pre and post-operative patient care space.
Before the ribbon cutting on Tuesday, the Houston Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly luncheon at noon in the safe room. The luncheon will feature “Give Ozarks Day” with presentations by the TCMH Healthcare Foundation and the Houston Education Foundation.
The luncheon will dismiss shortly before 1 p.m. to allow time for chamber members to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The TCMH Community Safe Room is located on the South side of the hospital (closest to Walmart). Ample visitor parking is available on the South side of the building, near the safe room.
For more information about the event, contact Joleen Senter Durham, director of public relations at TCMH, (417) 967-1258 or 1-866-967-3311.