Possible storm shelter for Kingston

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

KINGSTON, Okla. -- With all the recent severe weather, it seems safety is on everyone's minds. Now the city of Kingston is being proactive, planning for a storm shelter to keep residents safe.

More than 1,500 people call Kingston home, and wicked weather is almost always a threat in the springtime in Oklahoma.

Kingston city leaders are looking at building a shelter that's strong enough to withstand an F-5 tornado, but the construction process is lengthy.

First, Kingston school administrators will have to apply to become part of the National Flood Plains Program and for a FEMA grant.

It could take up to eight months to get through all the red tape.

But if all goes well, Kingston could join other communities like Calera and Silo and have a centralized location for people to take cover when the sirens sound.

"We have had tornados come through here the last few years. We want to be prepared if a situation comes about," said Kingston Schools superintendent Jay McAdams.

If everything goes according to plan Kingston could see a shelter in about two-and-a-half years.

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