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Storm-safe room inside new practice facility another benefit for Thunder

There will be a 1,000-square foot storm-safe room in the Thunder's new practice facility that will double as an equipment room.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: July 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm •  Published: July 6, 2010

Once the Thunder's new practice facility is completed later this year, if a storm threatens, players, coaches and staff members can move to a safe room.

Primarily used as a storage and laundry room, a 1,052-square foot room in the new $14.5 million practice facility will double as a shelter.

Labeled the players' home away from home during a six-month season, the new practice facility has a plan for inclement weather. Project manager John Russell said 30 to 40 people could fit in the room "if you really packed them in."

"It's not uncommon," Russell said. "A lot of schools and businesses build safe rooms. It's just a big concrete equipment room that has 12-inch thick walls and a 12-inch thick roof. In this state it's certainly not a bad idea to have one."

Center Nenad Krstic said his wife, Tanja, is more concerned with severe storms than he is.

"Last year when she first came here, three days after she got here there was a tornado," Krstic said. "(The team) was gone. She said it was a really bad storm. She got a little scared."

Point guard Russell Westbrook grew up in California where earthquakes are the biggest concern.

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