The Norman Transcript

April 3, 2014

Ready for state storm season


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The first storms of the spring season have caused many of us to dig out those flashlights and weather radios and remember where to go in an emergency.

Norman emergency management officials are reminding residents that they are no longer supporting public storm shelters. If it’s during the day, those buildings may happen to be open and no one will be turned away, but the new mantra is shelter in place.

That means families should know where there is a safe room or underground shelter that will protect them. The University of Oklahoma recently revised its storm procedures and published a shelter map in the student newspaper showing best existing shelter locations.

The OU Board of Regents commissioned an architectural firm to design a campus system of shelters and approved a $12 million bond issue to pay for them.

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