Cardwell, MO, Apr 24, 2013 -- Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today announced funding for the City of Cardwell to install an emergency warning siren. Rural Development approved a Community Facility Grant of $3,389 and an Economic Impact Initiative Grant (EII) Grant of $1,230 for installation of a warning siren.
"Protecting lives and property is part of Rural Development’s community development mission. Most folks think community development means funding projects that construct facilities or creating jobs which is true, but community development also includes providing resources to public safety efforts,” Dunning said. “The City of Cardwell’s warning siren is one part of an overall public safety system benefitting residents and visitors to the city. Early warning is critical for saving lives in emergency conditions. In rural communities, early warning is even more critical due to the distance for first responders to travel and for the lack of storm shelters or safe rooms."
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“Protecting citizens from severe weather should be a top priority for each community. Natural disasters like tornados have impacted lives and communities throughout the Bootheel, and their affects last for many years after. Countless lives have been saved with proper warnings of threatening or impending natural disasters,” commented Missouri State Senator Doug Libla. “I applaud the City of Cardwell for taking care of its citizens and preparing Missourians for harm that might come their way.”
Missouri State Representative Kent Hampton stated, “I am pleased that the rural community of Cardwell is being awarded a grant from USDA Rural Development to purchase an emergency warning siren. The siren will provide notification for the area that currently is not covered. The safety and well-being of the citizens of Cardwell will be enhanced with this added protective siren.”
President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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