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ECHOLA, Ala. (WIAT)– A tiny west Alabama town is celebrating a major achievement that will ensure their safety in severe weather. The town of Echola has received a $66,000 grant from FEMA to build an above-ground storm shelter. Many of the town’s 500 residents don’t currently have adequate shelter. The new building will go next to the volunteer fire department. Residents say it took a lot of work and effort to meet all of the FEMA requirements. Construction will start in the next 45 days.