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OKLAHOMA CITY — Mayor Mick Cornett is releasing the results of his tornado task force following the deadly EF-5 tornado on May 20th.

Cornett launched the initiative to address how Oklahoma City responded to the May 20th event in which several square miles in the south metro were obliterated by the large tornado.

The task force met twice to discuss important public safety issues affecting the city of Oklahoma City.

Cornett addressed the findings in his weekly segment on the NewsChannel 4 morning show.

“I think our public safety people reacted incredibly well. There was a lot of self-deployment. Their response times were very encouraging. We spend hundreds of millions of dollars on public safety, for the training and equipment and salaries. We were stretched. We used about all of those resources on May 20th and then again on May 31st. So I think we were well prepared for what happened, at least as well as any major city could be.” Cornett said.

The Mayor will also recommend Oklahoma City Public Schools and the other schools districts which operate inside city limits incorporate a saferoom in new construction projects.

“When a new school is constructed inside the city limits of Oklahoma City do we want to require some sort of saferoom be part of that project. So there are discussions we can take forward and try to figure out where we go from here.” said Cornett.