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.
"You're a little (scared of tornadoes), but you really don't think about it," Westbrook said. "But you never know with Oklahoma weather. It can be sunny one day, raining tomorrow, then warm or cold. It's good to have that shelter. You hope you never need it. But it's good we have it."
Marc St. Yves is in his 31st season with the organization. The first 25 years he held the title of team equipment manager. The past three years he's served as director of team operations responsible for team travel, equipment and team events.
"(The safe room's) primary use will be for our equipment," said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. "Fortunately for Marc it will certainly be the most efficient, sturdiest equipment room in the NBA."
Krstic was asked the biggest natural disasters threats in Serbia.
"We really don't have any of that, tornadoes, hurricanes or earthquakes," Krstic said. "We only have wars."