Signatures needed for storm shelter petition

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 12/16/2013 8:07 pm Published: 12/16/2013 4:19 pm

A group is pushing to put storm shelters in every public school in Oklahoma, but they are short on time to collect thousands of signatures to put the plan up for a vote.

In Oklahoma, 60 percent of schools do not have storm shelters. The group Take Shelter Oklahoma wants to bring that number down to zero.

They want add shelters to every school across the state.

"I have three kids so it really spoke to me. I think it's really important that they be safe in school," said Lisa Quillen.

She owns Q-Cuts, a salon in Tulsa.

"And we had a little sign pointing down that said storm shelters in schools," she said.

And she said everyone who saw it signed it.

"I'm not very comfortable if my kids had to hide under a desk. I'd want a room where they went and they would be safe," she said.

FOX23 did some digging and found that more than 1,100 schools have no safe place for kids to take shelter in a storm.

The group has until midnight on Monday and is still about 40,000 signatures short of the 160,000 signatures needed.

"I don't have a storm shelter at my home, but I still want us all to be together. But if they had a storm shelter at school I would think they're safer there," she said.

Instead, when she hears a tornado is coming she worries about her next move.

"'What time is it going to hit? Is it going to hit around the time they'll be getting out? Should I go check them out?' Is usually my first thing. I would want him to be safe if there was a serious storm. I'd want somewhere for them to go," she said.

Fewer than 300 schools, or roughly 15 percent of the schools in Oklahoma have storm shelters.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/16/2013 8:00 PM
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First things first. Better address fracking and WHY are we having more earth quakes in this region than ever before.
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