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Oklahoma Gov. Backs Statewide Vote on School Storm Shelters, Safety Upgrades

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin endorsed a proposal that would enable voters to weigh in on efforts to improve school safety and grant school districts a one-time increase in local bond limits to pay for storm shelters, safe rooms or other …

New Storm Shelters Opening in Mississippi County Today

George County, Miss., will officially open two new storm shelters Tuesday in Agricola and Benndale. The county began the construction of the shelters two years ago. The $3.2 million project was paid for with a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. …

Oklahoma AG’s Ballot Rewrite on School Storm Shelters Criticized

The attorney general’s rewrite of the ballot language for a plan to issue $500 million in bonds to help school districts pay for safe-room shelters is biased against the proposal and may be challenged in court, a state legislator said. …

Donation Planned To Put Shelters in Oklahoma Schools

An organization dedicated to building storm shelters in Oklahoma schools is getting another donation. Moore Supercuts will present a check to ShelterOklahomaSchools.org on Saturday to further the organization’s mission to equip all schools in the state with storm shelters. Several …

Oklahoma Leaders Ask ‘What Have We Learned’ from May Storms?

With thousands of destroyed houses, 46 deaths and damage estimates topping the $5 billion mark, victims of Oklahoma’s two EF-5 tornadoes are asking the same question: What have we learned? The answers are almost as varied as those asking the …

Moore, Oklahoma Council Tables Storm Shelter Requirement

The Moore City Council in Oklahoma has tabled a proposal that would have required storm shelters for houses, apartments, mobile homes and group residential housing. Damage costs from the massive tornado that hit Moore on May 20 are expected to …

Interest in Storm Shelters Rising in Texas Panhandle

In a region that frequently sees tornadoes, Texas Panhandle residents are considering storm shelters and other tools to stay safe in a twister as dangerous and deadly as the ones that have recently struck North Texas and Oklahoma. Mike Vaughn, …

Some Arkansas Cities Mapping Storm Shelters

Officials in at least two Arkansas cities are asking their residents to let them know if they have storm shelters, while a third says he wants to update his city’s maps of the shelters. City officials in Searcy have asked …

Alabama Changes School Construction After Storms

The large amount of rebar and concrete on the construction site at Hatton High is not there by accident. Instead, it represents a change in how schools are constructed in Alabama. Three years after eight students died when a tornado …

Hurricane Sandy Doesn’t Worry Safety-Conscious ‘Preppers’ Homeowners

Hurricane Sandy is charging up the East Coast as a cold front is tearing across the U.S. from the west and an arctic blast is barreling down from the north. The resulting “Frankenstorm” could cause gale-force winds, heavy rains and …