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  •  FEMA gives grants for storm shelters (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, SoCalSal

    The two schools in Moore which didn't have safe rooms did not have fatalities.

    Generally, homeowners or government bodies such as school districts put up 25 percent of the costs, and the federal government pitches in the rest. After the 1999 tornadoes, federal money paid for nearly 10,000 new safe rooms across Oklahoma, mostly for private homeowners.

    But the money dries up over time, and there are usually far more applicants than available grants. Federal funding to guard against future disasters is distributed based on the cost of the prior disaster, meaning the money eventually runs out if there haven't been major disasters in an area in recent years.

    One of the few states to require storm shelters in schools?

    Alabama is one of the only states that requires new schools to be built with FEMA-approved safe rooms. After a tornado in 2007 killed eight students at the state's Enterprise High School, the legislature passed a requirement that new schools provide safe areas for students.

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    by skohayes on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:20:55 AM PDT

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    •  Oklahoma is the recipient of millions of $$ (1+ / 0-)
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      each year from oil companies like Devon and Chesapeake, and I'm not talking about tax money.  They contribute money to community groups and projects, upgrades in infrastructure (particularly in areas near or adjacent to their operations) and statewide collaborative enterprises.

      Considering oil companies are contributors to climate change and therefore storm severity, someone in the "get government off our backs" groups should hit them up for money for community safe rooms - particularly in schools.

      With sixteen minutes or less to get to a shelter, people in OK should really have such a room in their own homes; relying on "the market" to determine who lives and dies leaves out enormous numbers of people who can't afford one or who rent.  I guess the state has determined their freedom from government regulation is more important than the lives of "those" people.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Wed May 22, 2013 at 10:32:51 AM PDT

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