Petitioning State of Oklahoma and 6 others

State of Oklahoma: Tornado Shelters at every school in Oklahoma

 

There is no reason on earth not to have a tornado shelter at every single school in the state.

The state of Oklahoma has "strongly reccomended" that every mobile home park have a storm shelter or at least a tornado emergency plan. The town of Chickasha, in 2011, voted unanimously voted for a similar provision that mandated the same. Many area mobile home parks have shelters for there residents.

We can do this at every school. 

Yes, it would be a major project. Yes it would cost a significant amount of money, but in light of today's events, it's more obvious as ever that it is a necessity. If we can do metal detectors, if we can do auto locking doors and cameras in hallways, and background checks to keep our children safe, we can do this.

How?

Step 1. State wide bond issue. Whatever it costs, it will be a landslide bond vote, as long as it goes straight to tornado shelters at schools and nothing else. So the sales tax goes up 1 cent for 5 years, so what? Everyone is ok with that.

Step 2, ask the Feds for matching funds or a contribution, maybe even direct some FEMA or rebuilding money toward the effort.

Step 3. Fundraising. If there are any shortfalls after steps one and two, ask for help. I'm sure Toby Keith and Blake Shelton will help organize some fundraiser concerts.

Please sign this petition and sent it to everyone you know. Get the word out, get it on CNN, on the local news stations. Demand action. This can happen, and happen with the speed needed. Tornadoes will not be "switched off " because it's more convenient to believe it will not happen to your children's school.

We all owe it to the mothers and fathers and sons and daughters of this tragedy to learn from this and rebuild better, stronger, and smarter than ever before. Please join me in this quest.

Once you have signed it, check out the event page on facebook and invite your friends to support us! on the top of that page, you'll find a button to invite your facebook friends to the event. Better than sharing the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/126306717572234/

Here is a link to our action plan:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2WDpvHP7X0iTHNodzhWRWZfVTg/edit?usp=sharing

 

References:

http://www.news9.com/story/22301266/massive-tornado-kills-37-in-moore-hits-elementary-school

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/20/us/severe-weather/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

 

 

Letter to
State of Oklahoma
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 4 others
Oklahoma State House
Oklahoma State Senate
President of the United States
Oklahoma Governor


There is no reason on earth not to have a tornado shelter at every single school in the state.

The state of Oklahoma has "strongly reccomended" that every mobile home park have a storm shelter or at least a tornado emergency plan. The town of Chickasha, in 2011, voted unanimously voted for a similar provision that mandated the same. Many area mobile home parks have shelters for there residents.

We can do this at every school.

Yes, it would be a major project. Yes it would cost a significant amount of money, but in light of today's events, it's more obvious as ever that it is a necessity. If we can do metal detectors, if we can do auto locking doors and cameras in hallways, and background checks to keep our children safe, we can do this.

How?

State Level:

**Create a commission to explore the costs and the needs (see action plan)
** State wide bond issue. Whatever it costs, it will be a landslide bond vote, as long as it goes straight to tornado shelters at schools and nothing else. So the sales tax goes up 1 cent for 5 years, so what? Everyone is ok with that.

Federal Level:
** Cut throught the red tape for FEMA help with school tornado shelters. Many schools simply have too much trouble with the forms to get the assistence they need.
**Military Technology help; Many of the techninques used to harden structures in Afganistan may be adapted to be used for tornado shelters to adapt existing structures in some schools, saving tons of money. Let us work with existing Army/Army Corp of Engineers to develop 21st century technology for tornado shelters that can greatly reduce the costs involved. Most tornado shelters are built using cold war technology now, and there could be something better.

Private Sector:
Fundraising. If there are any shortfalls after steps one and two, ask for help. I'm sure Toby Keith and Blake Shelton will help organize some fundraiser concerts.

Celebrity donations for auctions, corporate donations, sports teams and personalities can really go a long way towards closing the gap.

Tornadoes will not be "switched off " because it's more convenient to believe it will not happen to your children's school.

We all owe it to the mothers and fathers and sons and daughters of this tragedy to learn from this and rebuild better, stronger, and smarter than ever before. Please join me in this quest.


Here is a link to our action plan:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2WDpvHP7X0iTHNodzhWRWZfVTg/edit?usp=sharing



References:

http://www.news9.com/story/22301266/massive-tornado-kills-37-in-moore-hits-elementary-school

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/20/us/severe-weather/index.html?hpt=hp_t1