NEOSHO — A southwestern Missouri school district is making plans to build a nearly 14,000-square-foot tornado shelter on its high school campus.
The Neosho district applied unsuccessfully last year for funding to build a shelter. But a public engineer told the Neosho R-5 School Board last week that prospects are better now for getting a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Neosho Daily News reported the shelter would hold about 2,200 people and be designed to withstand an EF-5 tornado — the same strength as the tornado that devastated Joplin, about 20 miles to the north, in May.
Neosho is the seat of Newton County, where a tornado killed more than a dozen people in 2008.