Several area suburban schools have FEMA shelters, safe rooms

Augusta is not taking chances when it comes to tornado safety at its public schools, Ewalt Elementary Principal Greg Clark said.

As a result of a $48 million bond issue passed in 2008 and subsequent Federal Emergency Management Agency grants in 2011, tornado safe rooms have been installed in every Augusta public school.

“God forbid a tornado like what came through Moore, Oklahoma, should ever come through Augusta,” Clark said Tuesday. “I commend the district for thinking ahead and putting safe rooms in before we need them.”

In most suburban school districts, at least one FEMA shelter exists. Here is a list of which area suburban and Catholic schools are equipped with FEMA shelters.

Augusta: All schools have shelters.

Andover: Wheatland, Prairie Creek and Meadowlark elementary schools.

Derby: Cooper Elementary. By 2015, Derby Hills, Oaklawn and Swaney elementary schools and Derby and Derby North middle schools will have FEMA shelters.

Goddard: Eisenhower High School, Eisenhower Middle School and Apollo Elementary School.

Haysville: Haysville West Middle School and Freeman, Oatville, Nelson, Prairie and Rex elementary schools.

Maize: All schools have FEMA shelters except Maize High School.

Valley Center: Valley Center High School and West and Abilene elementary schools.

Wichita Catholic Diocese: Bishop Carroll High School, Kapaun Mount Carmel High School, Holy Cross (Hutchinson), Holy Spirit (Goddard), Magdalen, Resurrection, St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, St. Joseph (McPherson), St. Mary’s (Derby), St. Mary’s (Fort Scott), St. Mary’s Colgan (Pittsburg), St. Patrick (Kingman), St. Peter (Schulte), Trinity High School (Hutchinson). St. Catherine of Siena in Wichita will break ground this fall on a new building, which will have a FEMA shelter.

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