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Deer Creek Middle School plays it 'safe'

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A tornado tore through Deer Creek Public Schools just 4 years ago. A tornado tore through Deer Creek Public Schools just 4 years ago.
The safe room doubles as a practice gym. The safe room doubles as a practice gym.
The new safe room/gym was built to withstand an F4 tornado. The new safe room/gym was built to withstand an F4 tornado.

By Darren Brown, News9.com INsite Team

The Deer Creek School District is no stranger to severe weather.  Storms seem to be drawn to that area of town.  They had a near miss a few days ago.

So, when the new Deer Creek Middle School needed a practice gym, school leaders decided to create something more substantial.    

Now, when severe weather strikes, students and teachers can seek shelter in their new practice gym, which also doubles as a safe room. The gym can accomodate about 800 people and withstand an F4 tornado. 

"It should withstand that without any problem," said Richard Vrooman, chief operations officer at Deer Creek.  "It's about 12 inches thick, the exterior walls are made out of foam with reinforcing rods with concrete." 

The safe room/gym was a million-dollar project, about a third of which in the form of a FEMA grant. 

"If you live in Oklahoma you have to be aware of the weather and the types of weather systems that come through here and take precautions," Vrooman said.  "You're foolish if you don't take precautions."

 

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