Shelter for all, a new mantra in Moore
Tasha Hames rode out the Moore tornado in her shelter that's bolted to the ground in her garage.
May 25th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

Shelter for all, a new mantra in Moore

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.

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    May 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike Love

    The entire school should qualify as a shelter, not just a small vault built inside or panic room... many communities have learned from their own experiences with tornadoes and turned to the best solution available : the monolithic dome. See http://www.monolithic.com/ for an explanation of the details. In short, a monolithic dome structure has been proven to survive F5 tornadoes and hurricanes and earthquakes and fires as well as any other calamity likely to occur to a building.

    May 25, 2013 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    They need to take a serious look at dome structures for homes, shelters and even for the school. Get rid of the flat wall.

    May 25, 2013 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |