School Shelters
8:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Study: In-School Storm Shelters Deficient In Oklahoma

A proponent of a ballot measure to place storm shelters in Oklahoma schools says a survey of all public schools in the state shows more than 60 percent without a refuge or safe area.

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Rush Springs Democratic state Representative Joe Dorman announced the results of the survey on Thursday of all 517 school districts in Oklahoma's 77 counties. The survey was paid for by Coreslab Structures, a company that manufactures precast concrete products with two plants in Oklahoma.

Dorman says the survey indicates more than 506,000 students, teachers and staff would not be adequately prepared for the kind of tornado that rumbled through Moore on May 20 and smashed into Plaza Towers Elementary School, killing seven children there.

Dorman is pushing a ballot initiative for storm shelter funding.