Closing Several Tornado Shelters In Norman Is Expected To Make Many Folks Safer

Tornado sirens blare, signaling an immediate danger to the area. That's when Chief James Fullingim says people decide to hit the road and take shelter. He says that's not a good idea.

A LOT OF IT HAD TO DO WITH THE MISCONCEPTION THAT THESE BUILDINGS WERE SAFER THAN THEIR HOMES. SO THE RESIDENTS OF NORMAN FOR MANY YEARS WENT TO THESE STORM SHELTERS WITH A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY THAT THESE BUILDINGS WERE ACTUALLY STRONGER THAN THE HOMES THEY WERE LEAVING.

The city would actually send resources out to open up places like the Irving Rec Center, Whittier Rec Center, Cleveland Elementray and Little Axe High...They would only see a mad dash in the last minutes, which put thousands of people in danger.

So from now on...those buildings won't be opened up.

Chief Fullingim says just three and a half years ago, Little Axe High School barely escaped the path of a tornado with people huddled inside the building.


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