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State of Oklahoma: Tornado Shelters at every school in Oklahoma
  • Petitioning State of Oklahoma

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State of Oklahoma: Tornado Shelters at every school in Oklahoma

    1. Chris Shatswell
    2. Petition by

      Chris Shatswell

      Fort Worth, TX

 

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

 

 

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    • Lindsy Ford FLAT ROCK, MI
      • 2 days ago

      I have family in OK.....they should feel safe and secure.

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    • Shawn Bayless OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
      • 8 days ago

      Because my daughter is in school (Moore Schools) and she was at school during the May 20th, 2013 tornado that leveled two schools within two miles of her school. She had friends in those destroyed schools and I often wonder what those parent who lost children do to cope from day to day and what I would do if I were in their shoes. That is all I had to think about and it made me wonder why we have to consider what could happen when it is just as easy to protect our children at school just as we would at home. Any politician who votes against something like this or speaks out against something like this should not be re-elected.

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    • Tim Morar KLAMATH FALLS, OR
      • 21 days ago

      Anyone who thinks a hallway in a brick structure can protect you, is a fool, if even that. It wasn't a surprise to me that the schools in Oklahoma City last May didn't stand a chance. Enough is enough, I don't care if it costs the city millions of $$$, we are talking about saving children's lives. Some barely old enough to even know what a tornado is. This has to stop.

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    • Tim Morar KLAMATH FALLS, OR
      • 21 days ago

      Anyone who thinks a hallway in a brick structure will save them from a tornado is a fool. As clearly seen last May, an EF5 tornado cleared the entire foundation. Children died. It's time we put an end to that. I don't care how much more $$$ it costs the city. They need shelter!

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    • LORI ANN WINTERS BLAIR, OK
      • 21 days ago

      OUR CHILDREN NEED TO BE PROTECTED FROM STORMS WHILE AT SCHOOL.

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