May 19, 2022

A Texas Public Library Turning FEMA Emergency Shelter Grant Into Science Education Center

From The Brownsville Herald:

The Brownsville Public Library System is turning a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency into a state-of-the-art facility for science education.

The main library on Central Boulevard is one of three Brownsville sites approved for the construction of FEMA domes — large storm shelters made possible through federal assistance to the state stemming from devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike in September 2008.

In addition to its role as an emergency shelter, the library’s dome will be home to Brownsville’s first permanent planetarium.


The library’s FEMA dome will occupy 10,000 square feet on the ground, though the total interior space will be 25,000 square feet.

It will also house an emergency operations center.

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