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Because of what happened today in Moore, I think I should post here again to try to encourage some level of action.

It's already all over the news, and you either know about it or must've been drunk and passed out the whole day if you don't. But what really gets to me about the whole situation are the twenty dead kids as of the last time I looked at the news articles on my iGoogle (others are in the hospital in varying conditions, some I think might still be missing). Those twenty, along with the hurt and missing, never got a chance to vote. They never got to decide that tax dollars should not be spent on safety standards for their two destryoed schools. That's why I e-mailed every city official of Moore and representative I could find an e-mail address for, wrote to my local county party office (because the other party didn't seem to have a damn e-mail address that I could find), and started a petition on Change.org and posted it on Reddit. I will now post all the relevant URLs here, and you can spread them as you please. The end goal of my actions are to encourage public officials to create on-site underground storm shelters, equipped with water drains to counteract flooding, for all schools in any event of rebuilding, remodeling, or constructing schools.

Contact Governor Mary Fallin: https://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/formbuilder/form.php?...

Locate your Oklahoma state representatives in both chambers and contact them: http://www.okhouse.gov/Index.aspx

Locate your Oklahoma congressional representative and contact: http://www.house.gov/

Contact the city officials of Moore: http://www.cityofmoore.com/contacts

Contact the OK State Department of Education http://www.ok.gov/sde/staff-directory

Contact Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma: http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contacts...

Contact Senator Jim Inhofe: http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/contact

Contact the Oklahoma Democratic Party: http://www.okdemocrats.org/contact-us/

Contact the Oklahoma Republican Party: http://www.okgop.com/contact-us/

Obligatory White House contact: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and...

Sign my Change.org petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/the-state-of-oklahoma-...

Upvote, comment on, and share my Reddit post: http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/1eqooc/onlin...

Also, here is an NBC link with various URLs within their article containing dontation sites you can give money to for aiding the victims: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/20/18381508-ho...

Update: Early reports of the death toll were inaccurate. While initially counted as 51, it is now 24. Some people had been counted twice, according to this article. Still, hundreds are hurt.
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5 years, 9 months ago
Thank you
5 years, 9 months ago
I'm right there with you on hoping it works, but at the same time it in my eyes would be much smarter to locate and train for evacuation routes. Please and I mean please don't attack me on this, but I don't think building a shelter so big would be of any good. The likely hood of things like this storm landing where it did is not probable in my eyes. Not to mention that I think it would just be that much more going to taxes out of my wallet. I have a heart but I also don't wanna pay for such things when there are much better and less costly solutions.
5 years, 9 months ago
They were trained, in some way. Those schools have safety drills like every school does; you probably went through tornado drills and the like as a kid. From what I know of, they had a 16 minute warning before the tornado hit, so the safest evacuation route they had was simply going to the designated safe zone - a concrete hallway. It's simply not enough. The likelihood of it happening is low, sure, but the likelihood of it hitting in any particular place whatsoever is low. By that logic, no one should ever invest in a storm shelter, anywhere, for any reason, unless they're quite wealthy, but I do believe most major cities in Oklahoma have shelters while the other more rural areas lack them for financial reasons.

So, not to attack you, but merely to defend my position: They had some level of training, but it's inadequate, and even if the chances are low, the damage is always permanent. For the sake of children, I don't think it's a big deal to ask people to require storm shelters on school grounds. Further, I only ask for them in events of remodeling, rebuilding, or the constructions of wholely new schools, and not to build them across the board for all schools immediately - mostly because I know the backlash from financial conservatives would be harsh.
5 years, 9 months ago
Ok I see your point then, you do have much better facts than I and I see your standing of build as we go. I like that, thank you for your feedback, it's much appreciated you took what I said in good manner ^_^

I hope your efforts prove fortunate and effective, you have a good and proper heart.
5 years, 9 months ago
It´s really great what you are doing.
5 years, 9 months ago
very nice!

All schools here in switzerland actually have bunkers... like... atomic bunkers...
altough at the moment they are really just used to store yet-to-be-used school materials XD

Good luck with your petition ^^
5 years, 9 months ago
Something all the places in tornado alley should have to be honest.

Expensive? No doubt wasn't cheap for you guys either, but money well spent.
5 years, 9 months ago
Updated numbers give 24 dead, 9 of them children, compared to the estimates that hit as high as 91. Seven children died in a school.

Doesn't change your efforts at all, but it's not quite as bad as was thought.
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