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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Community should be better protected

  • I was bewildered and a bit appalled by the recent News-Star article stating that three of our four public tornado shelters were to be shut down without any mention of upgrading them or building new. The Disabilities Act is certainly something we need to honor, but I fail to see why that means our response is to close these potentially life-saving shelters entirely.


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  • I was bewildered and a bit appalled by the recent News-Star article stating that three of our four public tornado shelters were to be shut down without any mention of upgrading them or building new. The Disabilities Act is certainly something we need to honor, but I fail to see why that means our response is to close these potentially life-saving shelters entirely.
    I do understand that Shawnee has not recently been under the severe threat of a tornado emergency, but obviously our state lies direct in the path of such significant storms. How can the safety of your citizens not be paramount? How can you even ask us to vote on a sports park when our shelters have been in jeopardy?
    There have been F5’s as near to us as Moore and Guthrie.
    Let’s improve the quality of our shelters now, providing more accessibility and protection that heeds the Disabilities Act. This way we as a community are better prepared in the unfortunate event that a severe weather disaster should occur.
    Sherri Matthews
    Shawnee

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