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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

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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.

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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.

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