School reinforcement could be key to saving lives, engineer says

Tulsa World - The National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University, which leads the nation in wind research, is sending multiple teams to survey the damage from the EF5 tornado that killed 24 people in Moore.

Storm shelters in schools may be as rare as they are in any other public buildings, but experts in emergency preparedness and construction engineering say more can be done to protect vulnerable schoolchildren.

The National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University, which leads the nation in wind research, is sending multiple teams to survey the damage from the EF5 tornado that killed 24 people in Moore.

While neither of the two elementary schools that were destroyed there had a safe room or underground shelter, Daan Liang, assistant professor of construction engineering technology at Texas Tech, said economical improvements could be made to existing school buildings and other public spaces, including businesses, to help save lives.

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