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Norman public storm shelters may close by July

The use of four schools as designated public storm shelters may be discontinued, Norman officials say.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: February 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013

Everyone should have a plan of where to go or what to do when a tornado threatens, he said.

Fire department officials will work with residents to develop a plan, he said. Officials particularly want to work with mobile home park residents and apartment dwellers to help them come up with a plan, Fullingim said.

City council members said they favored keeping the public shelters open this tornado season to allow time to educate the public on why they are being closed and what alternative safety measures they should take.

Picking a safe spot in your home is better than getting in a car and driving around looking for shelter at the last minute, Fullingim said.

“We've discovered that people drive to Norman from places like Moore to seek shelter. That's not a safe thing to do, and it leads to overcrowding at the shelters,” he said.

The designated public shelters will remain in use until July 1 but may be closed after that, city officials said.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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