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TN Valley schools without storm shelters have safety plan

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Huntsville City Schools already has a shelter at Blossomwood Elementary and is set to build seven new schools with shelters. Huntsville City Schools already has a shelter at Blossomwood Elementary and is set to build seven new schools with shelters.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Seeing children pulled from what's left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma has us taking a closer look at schools in the Tennessee Valley.

The truth is a vast majority don't have storm shelters within their schools in Decatur City, Madison City, Huntsville City, Limestone and Madison counties.

It wasn't until a mandate in 2010 that new schools had to be built with a storm shelter to accommodate the students and faculty.

Those without can only do their best to protect students by taking them to the interior of the building and drill them once a month on what to do.

Owens Elementary in Limestone County does have a shelter, and the new James Clemens High School in Madison has one that can sustain winds up to an EF-5 tornado.

Huntsville City Schools already has a shelter at Blossomwood Elementary and is set to build seven new schools with shelters.

"Buildings can do a lot for us if we plan ahead, so by the time we are done in three years about 30 percent of our children will be in schools with storm shelters and that are hardened against the kind of threats that we saw in Connecticut," said Huntsville City Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski.

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