State leaders start non-profit for storm shelters in schools

MOORE, Okla. – The deaths of children at Plaza Towers Elementary calls for a change.

Right now there is no state law requiring schools to have safe rooms or tornado shelters; only 100 of the our 1,800 schools have them. 

However, state leaders and a corporation are mobilizing grief into action.

A new fund set up with $500,000 seed money from Apache Energy Corporation is going to make sure Moore schools have storm shelters.

State House Representative Jon Echols is one of the lawmakers behind it.

“What we have done, a bipartisan group in the house of reps decided to start a non-profit that will focus on retro-fitting and putting tornado shelters in Oklahoma schools.”

The Apache money is specifically earmarked for Moore but the hope is the fund will expand.