Omaha a leader in school storm safety
The roof of Norris High School's auditorium was ripped off by a tornado that swept through Firth, Neb., on May 23, 2004, a day after school let out for the summer. Hardened storm shelters were built into the new elementary and high schools, according to John Skretta, then the high school's principal and now the district's superintendent.
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:00 am
The planet's most powerful storms — tornadoes — pummel the central United States every spring and summer. Yet schools that lie in their paths rarely have hardened shelters designed to withstand the kind of force that tore through Moore, Okla., last week, killing seven elementary school students.
Almost nobody requires them.
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Monday, May 27, 2013 12:00 am.