The Norman Transcript


March 19, 2014

Tornado assessments help Norman Public Schools find best available refuges on site



Each middle school assessment took about three to four hours to complete, while each high school took about six to eight hours to complete, after which each team wrote a report. Emergency management is compiling all of the reports and will give an executive summary to each school.

“I had never done this before, even though I’ve gone through training with Oklahoma Emergency Management and FEMA, but everyone came together so well. We were working for a common cause. It was really great.”

Armbruster said the biggest reward for volunteering his time was the confidence it gave Norman Public Schools staff.

“There was a big sigh of relief in their eyes,” Armbruster said. “Principals and teachers are trained as educators, and with all the mandates that come down from the federal and state government and all the things they have to do — including testing — storms are just another level of worry. To have a professional come in and say this is the best place to go or you’re doing the right thing, I could tell they were relieved and that felt good.”

Katherine Parker



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