Fri September 27, 2013
Mapped: Which Oklahoma Schools Have Storm Shelters
Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 2:54 pm
The results of a statewide survey released Thursday show 62 percent of Oklahoma’s 1,804 public schools don’t have storm shelters, and only 15 percent have shelters built to withstand the 250 mph winds of an EF5 tornado, like the ones that swept through central Oklahoma in May 2013.
StateImpact has mapped the data from the survey, the first statewide accounting of public school storm shelters, which was conducted by Bar None Consulting for the Oklahoma Legislature’s use in an interim study.
The survey was commissioned by state Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, who is leading the interim study and a petition drive for a ballot measure that would the finance the construction of school shelters with a $500 million bond.
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