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  •  I've read that, but there seems (2+ / 0-)
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    to be some difference in reporting.  CBS reports in the basement, while NBC says "in a pool of water"  which really makes no sense to me.

    I know any number of dead children is too many.

    The truth always matters.

    by texasmom on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:52:37 AM PDT

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    •  CNN quoting Lt. Gov (5+ / 0-)
      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/...

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Tue May 21, 2013 at 10:06:42 AM PDT

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      •  I hadn't seen that one (6+ / 0-)

        I'm on the planning committee for new construction  in our small school district, so we will go the concrete-constructed hallway route. We will have to forego other desired improvement in order to include the storm hall, but that decision is very sadly reinforced by yesterday's storm.

        Thankfully there are a couple of engineers nearby with specialization in wind engineering.  We've done a good bit of lay research - much good information available from NOAA.  Here is one.

        The truth always matters.

        by texasmom on Tue May 21, 2013 at 10:22:19 AM PDT

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        •  texasmom, bless you for volunteering your time (4+ / 0-)

          for that planning committee. It sounds like know way more about it than me, but yes, my understanding is that the "reinforced hallway safety zone" technique is the current best practice, both for retrofits and for new construction.

          Here in Portland, OR, we plan for earthquakes, not tornadoes, and reinforced hallway zones are where we're going.

          -Jay-
          

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