February 2, 2017– Representatives from Southern Pioneer Electric’s (Helping Us Give to Society) or H.U.G.S. team, presented Friends of Arkalon Park, Inc. with a $3,700 grant for the development of a tornado shelter at the Arkalon Park Campgrounds. The $3,700 grant is planned to be put towards the development of an above ground shelter that will be able to house 8-16 people during a storm situation. The park sits approximately 11 miles east of Liberal and has accommodations for 29 campsites with hookups. During its active season, campers enjoy fishing, camping and holding gatherings at the campsite. However, the Park board saw the need for the development of a storm shelter to protect campers from the unpredictable Kansas weather.
“We wanted to provide all of our visitors with the safest experience while enjoying the campgrounds,” said Debbie Giskie. “Currently, the only storm shelter that is available is the bath facilities, but it was brought to our attention that they are only graded to withstand an ‘F2’ storm. This project will help ensure that we provide a safe place for visitors to gather in case of an emergency.”
Representatives from Southern Pioneer Electric were approached of the project in late 2016 and were eager to provide assistance.
“Safety is a major component of our business model at Southern Pioneer Electric, which is why we are excited to be partnering with the Friends of Arkalon Park, Inc. on this project,” said H.U.G.S. member Dee Longoria. “We understand the concern for safety and are happy to help make this new shelter available for campers.”
The Friends of Arkalon Park, Inc. hopes to have the new shelter installed before the 2017 season. For more information regarding the project, please contact Debbie Giskie at 620-626-2207.