August 18, 2011
When the 7,743 students in Joplin, MO headed back to school, they will have a safe place to seek shelter if another storm strikes. Thirty-one concrete and steel tornado shelters made to withstand winds in excess of 250 miles per hour have been installed in Joplin by Protection Shelters, LLC, of Wichita, Kan.
The doors and designs of these tornado shelters are tested in a laboratory at Texas Tech University, where they must withstand 250-mile-an-hour winds and debris shot into the shelter at 250 miles per hour. The shelters meet or exceed specifications published by both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Storm Shelter Association.