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The New Benton Franklin Health Building will be used as a Possible Bomb Shelter

KENNEWICK, Wash. -  The design for the New Benton Franklin Health building across from the Justice Center in Kennewick will allow it to be used as a bomb shelter in case of emergencies.

Regulations require the building to be earthquake proof and withstand heavy winds.

The facility will be equipped with medical supplies and spare rooms to house extra patients if needed.  They will also have way's to communicate with emergency personnel during a natural disaster.

"It's an emergency type building. It has generator backups and all kinds of systems that if the Tri-Cities is in some type of dilemma, this building would be able to be used as a hospital," says  John Franklin part of Construction Management for the project.

The health building won't be as equipped as a hospital, but in times of emergencies it will act as a secondary location for patients with minor injuries as well as food and water supplies.

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