Post Number: 2
|Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 09:07 am: |
Has there ever been any consideration to building public storm shelters in the city of Frisco?
I personally have never seen one in the North Texas area but have seen many of them in Oklahoma. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, Oklahoma City builds safe rooms into all elementry schools and they often double as a library or large classroom.
Outside of that many Oklahoma city's have a number of public storm shelters built around the city and they publish the locations on the city web site.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 05:21 pm: |
We appreciate your interest in weather safety. In Frisco, commercial buildings such as office and school buildings provide protection within exit hallways, stairwells and restrooms. These areas provide a greater degree of protection due to the fire and building safety standards associated with Frisco's building code. The FISD has detailed predetermined areas within each school to provide the greatest structural protection during a tornado. Preplans are reviewed to determine the best areas for support and evacuation. In residential housing, go to the lowest floor in a small center room, under a stairwell or in an interior hallway with no windows. There are “safe rooms” being marketed for homes that establish an even more structurally sound area in a master closet or similarly sized area. When outside or in a vehicle, seek the closest sturdy building available and move to the areas described above. If no such shelter is close by, move to an open area away from vehicles and trees to avoid being crushed if they are moved. Lie flat on your stomach with your arms over your head to protect from flying debris. These and other recommendations are available from the NOAA Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma by going to this webpage: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html
Currently we have 24 outdoor warning sirens and are directly linked to a network of storm spotters and trackers and the National Weather Service. Over the past year we have brought online our new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that provides us the capability to monitor severe weather as it approaches Frisco. The EOC also has the ability to activate the Outdoor Warning Sirens, utilize the Reverse 9-1-1 City Watch system, and monitor media and internet sources. Trained fire department personnel are available to activate the EOC in unexpected events and in most cases, if not all, when severe weather is forecast for our area, the EOC is prepared and monitoring for potential effects within Frisco and surrounding areas.
As stated on the NOAA website, there is no such thing as guaranteed safety inside a tornado. Prevention and practice before the storm is important. Have a family or business tornado plan in place based on the kind of building you are in and the safety tips listed at the NOAA website. When severe weather has been forecast, always know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds.
If I can provide any further information, or answer any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Chief Mack Borchardt at 972-292-6300.
Frisco Fire Department