Kate Carlton Greer http://kgou.org en Take Shelter Oklahoma Launches New Initiative Petition http://kgou.org/post/take-shelter-oklahoma-launches-new-initiative-petition <p>A group that wants to install a tornado shelter in every public school in Oklahoma spent the holiday weekend gathering signatures to get its initiative petition on an upcoming ballot.&nbsp;</p><p>This isn’t <a href="http://takeshelterok.com">Take Shelter Oklahoma</a>’s first attempt to collect 155,000 signatures, but the group is giving it another shot.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:42:22 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 32798 at http://kgou.org Take Shelter Oklahoma Launches New Initiative Petition Group Hires Ex-Convicts To Rebuild Oklahoma After 2013 Tornadoes http://kgou.org/post/group-hires-ex-convicts-rebuild-oklahoma-after-2013-tornadoes <p>Oklahoma has one of the&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/maps/visualized-oklahoma-is-a-leader-in-locking-people-up/">highest incarceration rates&nbsp;</a>in the country. Each year, the state releases roughly 8,000 people from prison, and many of them are looking for work. One organization now hires ex-offenders to help rebuild and restore tornado-struck towns.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 32348 at http://kgou.org Group Hires Ex-Convicts To Rebuild Oklahoma After 2013 Tornadoes Oklahoma School Shelter Advocates Launch New, Slightly Different Petition http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-school-shelter-advocates-launch-new-slightly-different-petition <p>For the past nine months, school shelter supporters have fought to get a $500 million dollar bond issue to fund safe room construction on a statewide ballot. Attorney General <a href="http://www.ok.gov/oag/">Scott Pruitt</a> revised the original proposal, adding what <a href="http://takeshelterok.com/">Take Shelter Oklahoma</a> called “biased” and “unfair” language.</p><p>But the advocacy group announced a new version Wednesday.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:42:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 30709 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma School Shelter Advocates Launch New, Slightly Different Petition Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes http://kgou.org/post/red-cross-program-teaches-emergency-preparedness-kids-affected-2013-tornadoes <p style="font-style: normal; margin-bottom: 0in;"><font color="#262626"><font face="Cambria, serif">During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also&nbsp;know what to do when weather rolls in. </font></font></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 30015 at http://kgou.org Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes Neighbors Find Comfort In Community After 2013 Moore Tornado http://kgou.org/post/neighbors-find-comfort-community-after-2013-moore-tornado <p>One year ago this week, a deadly EF-5 tornado swept through Moore, Oklahoma, taking the lives of 24 people and destroying over 1,100 homes. For many people, this week marks a painful reminder of the damage. For others, the year anniversary is an opportunity to put the devastation behind them with the support of their peers.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 29517 at http://kgou.org Neighbors Find Comfort In Community After 2013 Moore Tornado "Where Was God" Documentary Provides "Spiritual Disaster Relief" To Moore, Okla. http://kgou.org/post/where-was-god-documentary-provides-spiritual-disaster-relief-moore-okla <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For many victims of last year’s deadly tornadoes in central Oklahoma, the storms created an existential crisis, where people questioned their beliefs and wondered just what to make of all the destruction in their midst.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One group has decided to try to tackle life’s big questions through the lens of several storm survivors.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 29044 at http://kgou.org "Where Was God" Documentary Provides "Spiritual Disaster Relief" To Moore, Okla. Photography Exhibit Showcases May 2013 Storms, Oklahomans' Resilience http://kgou.org/post/photography-exhibit-showcases-may-2013-storms-oklahomans-resilience <p>The month of May has a somber significance for many Oklahoma residents. It’s one of the busiest months for tornados, averaging 22 cyclones in 31 days. And after last year’s series of devastating storms that killed 25 people, it now also marks a sad anniversary.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center teamed up to remember the events that took place one year ago.</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 28580 at http://kgou.org Photography Exhibit Showcases May 2013 Storms, Oklahomans' Resilience Three Years Later, Norman Residents Still Wait For Storm Shelter Rebates http://kgou.org/post/three-years-later-norman-residents-still-wait-storm-shelter-rebates <p>Tornado season has returned once again, and after the experience of last year, many Oklahomans are re-assessing their safety plans and prepping their designated refuge areas.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For some people, that just means cleaning out their safe room. But for others, this weekend’s tornado scare was a reminder that they still haven’t gotten funding they were promised to build safe rooms.</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 28120 at http://kgou.org Three Years Later, Norman Residents Still Wait For Storm Shelter Rebates Millions Of Pounds Worth Of Tornado Debris: Where Does It All Go? http://kgou.org/post/millions-pounds-worth-tornado-debris-where-does-it-all-go <p>It’s been nearly a year since a series of tornadoes devastated central Oklahoma, destroying homes, parks and commercial buildings. During the recovery process, construction crews gathered over 300,000 tons of debris between just Oklahoma City and Moore.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 27635 at http://kgou.org Millions Of Pounds Worth Of Tornado Debris: Where Does It All Go? Junior High Kids From Briarwood, Plaza Towers Feel Left Out Of School Support http://kgou.org/post/junior-high-kids-briarwood-plaza-towers-feel-left-out-school-support <p>In the year since tornadoes ripped through Moore, there’s been no shortage of media coverage of teachers and students at Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary Schools, as they’ve recovered from the storm and adapted to a “new normal.”&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But what about the kids that graduated and left? Some of them feel like they’ve fallen through the cracks.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:36:59 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 27210 at http://kgou.org Junior High Kids From Briarwood, Plaza Towers Feel Left Out Of School Support