Lawmakers weigh whether safe rooms should be required in schools

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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Only a few dozen of Iowa’s 1,400 public school buildings have safe rooms designed to withstand severe tornadoes, and local leaders are unsure whether legislation can change that.

Only 37 public school in Iowa have safe rooms, and most were built in the past five years. That number does not include older schools that have storm shelters that are not approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Industry experts say those facilities still provide a high degree of protection.

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