The Norman Transcript

Opinion

June 30, 2013

Public buildings as shelters not a win-win

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NORMAN —

If the first underground building was a satisfactory storm shelter, the big red barn was not. We began to discourage use of the college as a shelter. What we thought was win-win turned bad for all.

But frantic citizens continued to come. Shelter seekers were guided to the most secure area near a loading ramp where college Board of Regents members were advised to park and enter for their meetings.

One evening, not long before a regents’ meeting, sirens sounded, the stampede began and the mob gathered. This time, as regents passed through, a duck apparently took offense or felt threatened, or something. It attacked a regent.

I’ll bet that, to this day, when storm sirens sound near OCCC, a few scared neighbors go running to that beautiful campus that, now, is everything but a tornado shelter.

Chief Fullingim, good luck. You are right to urge stopping use of Norman public buildings as shelters. But if you want it done quickly, sic a pet goose or duck on the mayor or a councilman. It worked for me.

Lance Ward

Norman

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