By Nova Safo, CNN
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Moore, Oklahoma (CNN) - In the aftermath of the monster tornado in Oklahoma, there’s been a lot of discussion about storm shelters. Tornadoes are common in the area, but few buildings have basements or above-ground shelters.
Students at the elementary school that collapsed could only huddle in a hallway as 200-mile-per-hour winds tore apart their building. Seven children died.
Now there’s an effort to bring shelters to Oklahoma’s schools, especially in Moore.
Mark McBride, who represents Moore in the Oklahoma legislature, has teamed up with other lawmakers to create a fund. The money will go to placing storm shelters inside schools. They’ve already received a $500,000 donation from an Oklahoma-based company.
This tornado was an F-5. The top of the scale. The last one of the same magnitude was in 1999.
[1:16] "What’s the odds of having two F5 tornadoes in your lifetime? You don’t expect that. A structure like this would withstand an F2 or 3, you know. It’s kinda how we’ve done things."
There appear to be the beginnings of a cultural shift here. A monster tornado is now no longer a 100-year-event. Tasha Hames lives in the neighborhood that was spared by the tornado. She says her family is one of the few in town who have a storm shelter. It’s in the garage:
[3:17] "Ours is above ground. It’s the armor. Kind of like what they use for military vehicles. And it’s bolted to the ground and the cement."
It’s a small metal bunker about 6-by-5 feet. With a heavy metal door.
[3:35] "When the storm first started we shut off all three locks. And it just vibrated and shook while we’re in here.”
Other families were also in the shelter and Hames says the experience showed them how important shelters are.