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Ohio school to add reinforced concrete masonry tornado shelter

June 1, 2019

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsVolume 11, Number 10May 31, 2019 Ohio's Fairborn Primary School is building a tornado shelter that will be able to hold 1,200 students inside, reportedly making it the first school in the state to do so. The shelter will have steel-reinforced concrete masonry walls that provide a safe space for students and…
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Commentary: Stronger buildings needed as disasters get worse

May 17, 2019

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsMay 15, 2019 Any infrastructure bill that emerges in Congress should include requirements for new and renovated structures to comply with modern building codes, write International Code Council board President William Bryant and former Federal Emergency Management Agency Directors R. David Paulison and James Lee Witt. Adherence to modern codes helped mitigate…
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How Oklahoma is using block to keep kids safe

April 1, 2019

From NCMA's eNewsMarch 28, 2019 Kindergarten students at Little Axe Elementary hopped around a rug in the middle of their classroom, landing on the letter that corresponded to the one displayed on the room's SMART Board. Light from the midday sun beamed through the room's two windows, but if the skies grew dark and the…
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Concrete block room keeps Kentucky preschool safe from devastating tornado

March 22, 2019

From NCMA eNewsMarch 21, 2019 Last week a tornado that terrorized a small town in western Kentucky -- West Paducah -- ripped the roof off part of the local Mount Zion Baptist Church, tossing ceiling fans onto pews and sheets of metal flying atop the cemetery's gravestones. The church's preschool class of approximately 40 children…
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After tornado, Texas homeowners building safe houses out of block

March 18, 2019

From NCMA eNewsMarch 14, 2019 In the wake of devastating tornadoes in Lubbock, Texas, local home builders are reporting about half of their customers are including storm shelters, or safe houses, in the design plans for their new homes. The rooms are built completely out of concrete block, rebar, and concrete. Lubbock Fire and Rescue…
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