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July 1, 2014

Oklahoma town buys tornado helmets for students

DUNCAN, Okla —

Oklahoma town buys tornado helmets for students

DUNCAN, Okla. — In this tornado alley town, pragmatism is the best prevention for what the school board says you can't predict.

Thus the board Tuesday approved the purchase of 4,500 skateboard helmets for students, faculty and administrators  to wear during tornado alerts and to provide protection against head injuries in the event of a twister strike.

"There's nothing 100 percent guaranteed," said Patti Wininger, who helped raise $34,650 in donations to pay for the helmets. "But this is better than doing nothing."

The plastic shell helmets with a liner to cushion impact will be sized to fit students from elementary grades to high school when classes resume in the fall, said Superintendent Sherry Labyer. Other Oklahoma towns, including Moore and Chickasha, have also puchased helmets.

The Duncan  "Cover Our Kids" campaign that financed the helmets will now turn to solicting funds for storm blankets.

Duncan is located in southern Oklahoma 90 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. It has experienced more than two-dozen area tornadoes in the last 50 years, according to U.S. Weather Bureau. The most recent was May 20 of last year when several tornadoes touched down across Oklahoma, killing 24 people in and around Oklahoma City.  No one was hurt in the Duncan twister.

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Oklahoma town buys tornado helmets for students

DUNCAN, Okla. — In this tornado alley town, pragmatism is the best prevention for what the school board says you can't predict.

Thus the board Tuesday approved the purchase of 4,500 skateboard helmets for students, faculty and administrators  to wear during tornado alerts and to provide protection against head injuries in the event of a twister strike.

"There's nothing 100 percent guaranteed," said Patti Wininger, who helped raise $34,650 in donations to pay for the helmets. "But this is better than doing nothing."

The plastic shell helmets with a liner to cushion impact will be sized to fit students from elementary grades to high school when classes resume in the fall, said Superintendent Sherry Labyer. Other Oklahoma towns, including Moore and Chickasha, have also puchased helmets.

The Duncan  "Cover Our Kids" campaign that financed the helmets will now turn to solicting funds for storm blankets.

Duncan is located in southern Oklahoma 90 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. It has experienced more than two-dozen area tornadoes in the last 50 years, according to U.S. Weather Bureau. The most recent was May 20 of last year when several tornadoes touched down across Oklahoma, killing 24 people in and around Oklahoma City.  No one was hurt in the Duncan twister.

- See more at: http://www.cnhinews.com/cnhins_news/x1760113265/Oklahoma-town-buys-tornado-helmets-for-students#sthash.Nm1KqnZF.dpuf

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