Okla. council votes to require school safe rooms

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Council has voted to require safe rooms in new school buildings, overriding a recommendation by a building code commission that wanted such decisions left up to school boards.

The Oklahoman reports that Tuesday's vote will require a new school building to have tornado-resistant spaces with at least enough room to protect the number of children and teachers for which the building was designed.

The change to the city's building code takes effect May 1.

A severe storm task force last year recommended that the city get feedback on the idea of requiring safe rooms in new school construction in Oklahoma City.

Mayor Mick Cornett formed the task force after violent storms in May killed nearly 50 people, including seven children at an elementary school in Moore.

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