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New Plaza Towers Elementary School Includes 4,789 sq. ft. Safe Room

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Aerial view of the new Plaza Towers Elementary School under construction.
Moore, Okla., December 1, 2013 -- Aerial view of the new Plaza Towers Elementary School (under construction) after the old school was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013. The new Plaza Towers school will contain a large safe room (4,789 sq. ft.) that meets or exceeds current FEMA guidelines. The new safe room will incorporate concrete walls that are 10" thick and 16' tall. The state of Oklahoma with the support of FEMA is spearheading a "Safe Schools" 101 Initiative (a first-in-the-nation endeavor) to assess the integrity and safety of all its schools to identify structural issues that need to be mitigated. Photograph by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA - Location: Moore, OK
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