Selma, Dallas (Ala.) County Schools build, plan with storms in mind

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

In the wake of deadly tornados that devastated several schools in suburban Oklahoma City, thoughts turn to the safety of children in Selma and Dallas County Schools.

One school structure in town is equipped with its very own storm structure built into the hallways, and school officials say other schools made of cinder block are still among the safer places to be when storms hit.

Jonathan Grammer who was one of the construction managers with Volkert Construction on site at the newly built Selma High School, said if a dangerous tornado were to come through Selma like the one seen this week in Oklahoma, the storm shelter at Selma High would be left standing.

“Everything would be basically blown away and you most likely would have two rectangular cylinders stacked on top of each other that didn’t get blown away, because they go all the way down into the foundations,” Grammer said, explaining the walls, floor and ceilings of the shelters are made with poured concrete.

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