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City governments should provide shelters

Published: June 8, 2013
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“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