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  •  Common sense in Locust Grove, Oklahoma (20+ / 0-)

    When you’re in Tornado Alley

    Locust Grove, Oklahoma may not be big and it may not be famous and it may not be wealthy, but it is wise.

    In 2007, this community of just 1,200 residents passed a bond to build an arena for its high school. On the advice of School Superintendent David Cash, they went Monolithic.

    Their Monolithic Dome arena has a diameter of 148 feet, a height of 51 feet, a bottom floor area of 17,000 square feet and seating for 1,409 spectators.

    “We get lots of compliments from visitors to our arena, and it’s definitely my favorite gym in which to watch a game,” said Mr. Cash. “And our Pirates (basketball team) love it.”

    But one of the best things about this arena is its ability to protect. “We are in tornado alley,” Mr. Cash said. "Our Monolithic Dome arena is our official, community tornado shelter.

    “People in Oklahoma are geared to watch the weather, especially in the Spring. When there’s a tornado warning, our arena is opened to the public. If I or someone else from the school is not available to open it, the police chief or his officer will. They have keys. Since its completion, we’ve sheltered there several times.”

    Help me to be the best Wavy Gravy I can muster

    by BOHICA on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:32:49 PM PDT

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