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Oklahoma tornadoes: Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett forms task force to examine storm safety

A task force will review Oklahoma City's procedures for protecting public safety during storms such as the May 20 tornado. Mayor Mick Cornett says the safety of students needs to be part of the conversation.
by William Crum Modified: May 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm •  Published: May 28, 2013
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Cornett said he intended to add a few more members to the task force “to ensure a diverse and wide-open conversation” regarding storm-related safety.

“We want to look at the issue from every possible angle to make sure we are doing what is right and appropriate to safeguard our community and our schools from extreme weather events,” Cornett said. “Our top council priority is to provide a safe and secure community.”

Cornett, who attended a funeral for one of the Moore students on Monday, said he visited the two schools, Briarwood Elementary School in Oklahoma City and Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, that were destroyed by the tornado.

“It's amazing the loss of lives wasn't many times greater than it was,” Cornett said. “The buildings did not stand up to the F5 tornado.”

by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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