tornado shelter

8:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

School's Out for.... Severe Weather?

Jefferson School, Shawnee, Oklahoma. Destroyed by a tornado on March 28, 1924.

  The Oklahoma Department of Education requires schools to provide 175 days of instruction.  Districts can cancel school for any weather, anytime of the year.  

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12:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Public Shelter Policy in Oklahoma: Yes for Nukes, No for Natural Disasters

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Oklahoma is the beating heart of tornado alley. State Impact Oklahoma reports community tornado shelters are closing because they are, "too popular." Listen to the audio feature.
When tornado sirens sound, Oklahomans are on their own. State leaders encourage people to stay put where they are. But that's a big change from days many Oklahomans can still remember, when community shelters were seen as crucial to protecting the public from a very different type of disaster.