Oklahoma officials getting hands-on experience to help make schools safer starting today

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NORMAN, Okla. – A new class is starting Friday in Norman teaching officials about safe room options for Oklahoma schools.

The Department of Emergency Management and FEMA developed the class “Safe Schools 101.”

The program will teach architects, engineers and other local officials how to assess school buildings for safe room options as well as refuge areas that already exist in some schools.

Classes feature both lecture and hands-on exercises plus on-site assessments for local schools.

The first training session gets underway at 2 p.m. at the Moore Norman Technology Center.