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  •  But wouldn't it make sense to build a small cellar (3+ / 0-)
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    Joieau, weatherdude, cris0000

    (not the size of the whole building) for tornado shelters in a few public buildings?

    Sounds like cheap-ass school boards to me. But I could be wrong. I'm just asking question. I don't know the answers.

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    by FrY10cK on Tue May 21, 2013 at 07:43:47 AM PDT

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    •  It would make sense, (4+ / 0-)
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      FrY10cK, weatherdude, cris0000, Ender

      but nobody wants to pay for it. So they don't. The old city schools almost always had substantial basements, lots of nice stonework. The new ones are like suburban tract homes - long, flat and with lots and lots of glass.

      When I was in high school in Muskogee, Old Central was abandoned and condemned when New Central came on line. No longer a compact multi-story stone building with real beam roof and full basement (with classrooms and storage), but a way too spread out part-brick and mostly glass cheap-o on a slab on the blank edge of town. Soon as we moved in those almost daily tornado drills simply went away, we practiced not a single one in the three years I spent there. Because there was no point, if we got hit by a twister we were all gonna die no matter what we did or didn't do.

      One does develop some fatalism out in tornado alley...

    •  Not necessarily the best solution (2+ / 0-)
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      Some of the children killed at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma, during Monday's storm drowned in a basement area there, Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb told CNN Tuesday morning. "My understanding, this school ... Plaza Towers, they had a basement. Quite frankly, don't mean to be graphic, but that's why some of the children drowned, because they were in the basement area," he said. Officials have said the storm killed at least seven children at the school.
      http://www.cnn.com/...

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      by Catte Nappe on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:54:34 AM PDT

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      •  Basements have drain pipes. (0+ / 0-)

        And they don't have to be the size of the whole building.

        But like I said, I don't know the answers. I'm just asking questions. The house I lived in near (not in) tornado alley had a basement the size of one bedroom. Great shelter.

        Reaganomics noun pl: belief that government is bad, that it can increase revenue by decreasing revenue, and unregulated capitalism can provide unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources.

        by FrY10cK on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:29:51 AM PDT

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