Bixby school has storm shelters

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 8/15/2013 5:24 pm Published: 8/15/2013 3:54 pm

Concerns for student safety were heightened after an ef5 tornado tore apart two schools in Moore in May.

FOX23 found a school in Bixby where storm safety is a priority.

The brand new Northeast Elementary and Intermediate School is equipped with safe rooms to make sure bad weather outside doesn't make it inside.

"The parents are very thrilled... it's a little bit of a sigh of relief to know that they're dropping their children off and leaving them here, and that is something that the district and the building as a whole is prepared for," said Principal Jamie Milligan

The school has six safe rooms total: three on each end and on the outside of each room are steel doors. Steel window covers also protect students from the outside elements.

Dr. Pamela Ruth's second-grade classroom is one of the safe rooms.

"The responsibility really lies on the teacher to make sure they understand how the room works, why they're safe in the safe room and how many kids are going to come in ... we have practices to make them comfortable," said Ruth.

In addition to severe weather protection, Milligan also told FOX23 these rooms could be used in other potential life-saving situations.

"It could be beyond a tornado... if we had to... god forbid if an intruder were in the building, and we had to lock them down in those rooms, we certainly could utilize them for that manner," said Milligan.

A 2010-bond package helped pay for safe rooms for new and existing schools in the district, and it is now policy for all new construction to include safe rooms.

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