storm shelter News

Durability of Oklahoma School Storm Shelter Tested in Demolition

An excavator tore down an aging former school in rural Oklahoma, but it was what was left standing that drew a crowd. After the ceilings and concrete walls of the old Little Axe middle school came down with ease, a …

Mississippi City Nixes Storm Shelter Plans

The Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen has dropped plans to pursue a $3.4 million grant to build a city storm shelter which would have doubled as a gymnasium. Citing budget concerns, aldermen voted 5-1 this week to abandon the project. …

Joplin, Missouri to Receive 32 FEMA Storm Shelters

The city of Joplin, Mo., is being given 32 storm shelters that were used at temporary housing sites after the 2011 tornado. The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave the shelters to the state, which offered them to Joplin for free. …

Oklahoma Bill Limits Liability for Public Facilities Used as Shelters

A bill to protect public buildings used as shelters during natural disasters from liability claims has been signed into law. Senate Bill 1316, by Sen. Ron Justice and Rep. Fred Jordan, modifies the Governmental Tort Claims Act by adding an …

Bond Passage to Fund More Storm Shelters in Joplin, Missouri

When Joplin, Mo., residents approved a $62 million bond issue recently, they agreed to fund more than just new schools. The bond issue and about $122 million from insurance, donations and state and federal aid will also pay for 20 …

No State Emergency Funds for Private Storm Shelters in Missouri

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency has rejected funding for individual storm shelters, but SEMA says it will earmark $20 million to build community safe rooms in Joplin. Assistant City Manager Sam Anselm told The Joplin Globe that SEMA told him …