The shifting debate about community shelters in Oklahoma
Filed by KOSU News in Feature.
June 27, 2013
This post from State Impact’s Joe Wertz
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.
To hear Joe’s story, click here.
Last year, I went inside the public storm shelters in Midwest City that are now closed. Even then, it was apparent the issue was more complicated than once thought. And I also examined the case of Edmond Public Schools, where they shut down public shelters because of the hassles that came up.