Two above-ground,s concrete storm shelters were recently placed in Artesian in order to help citizens of Artesian find a safe place to wait out a violent storm if they are without a safe place in their own homes or unable to get to their homes when a storm hits the area.

Both shelters were designed by Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) standards to withstand an EF4 tornado. On the outside their dimensions are 6 feet and 2 inches wide by 8 feet and 2 inches long by 6 feet and 8 inches tall. Their inside dimensions are 5 feet and 6 inches wide by 7 feet and 6 inches long by 5 feet and 11 inches tall. The shelters are made of four-inch-thick high strength concrete and reinforced with iron made rebar and fiber mesh. They have easy handicap access through a three-foot-wide steel walk door. They are built to hold approximately 11 people. 

One of the shelters was purchased through a grant from the CorTrust Artesian-Letcher-Mt. Vernon Community Foundation and was placed on Main Street between CorTrust Bank and Longbranch Bar. The other shelter was purchased by the City of Artesian and was placed by the Artesian Community Center. Both shelters are ready for use if the need should arise. 

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Over this past weekend, various agencies traveled to Fedora to take part in an Agriculture Rescue class. The course covered response tactics to all types of farm related accidents. The nationally renown training group Advanced Rescue Solutions brought three instructors from Indiana to share their knowledge and experience. These instructors are part of the FEMA response team and have been to many national disasters such as numerous hurricanes and the Champlain Towers collapse in Miami. The class was free to students thanks to the hard work of the Fedora Fire Department who raised money and the many businesses that donated money, many of those businesses right here in Sanborn County.  This was a once in a lifetime chance for many people to learn from some of the best in the country and all students came away better prepared to solve many of the emergency situations they may encounter. Sanborn County agencies that attended were Artesian Fire Department, Sanborn County Ambulance, Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office and Woonsocket Fire Department.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

The CorTrust Bank ALM (Artesian, Letcher, Mt. Vernon) Community Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded the following grants: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery for $500 towards their servicemen cross improvement project, and the City of Artesian for $4,350 for the purchase and installation of a concrete storm shelter.

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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