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City governments should provide shelters

Published: June 8, 2013

“Cities oppose public storm shelters” (News, June 2) shows the callous attitude of some city officials. For years people survived because they knew of safe places in their area. I never heard of anyone being turned away because it was too full. But now those places are closing their doors. In tornado-prone areas, public shelters are desperately needed.

The number of people seeking these shelters could be reduced with a comprehensive plan. Every school and hospital should have a safe room or storm shelter. Apartment complexes and mobile home parks should be required to have a shelter for residents. Businesses and homeowners should be offered government assistance (grants or low-cost loans) to put in shelters. For city officials to ignore the problem and simply say "everyone is on their own, they can either hunker down in a closet or flee" is insane. Even one life lost needlessly is unacceptable.

Quana Austin, Moore


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