The Oklahoma Tornado Project http://tornado.kgou.org en New Severe Weather Warning System Comes To Oklahoma http://tornado.kgou.org/post/new-severe-weather-warning-system-comes-oklahoma <p>Meteorologists are really good at understanding all sorts of complicated weather-related jargon. But when severe storms are in the forecast, it’s important to communicate those threats in a way that people can easily understand.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.weather.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Weather Service</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been testing a new, simpler approach in different parts of the country, and last week, they introduced their system to Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 6090 at http://tornado.kgou.org New Severe Weather Warning System Comes To Oklahoma Send In Your Photos: Oklahoma Tornado Project To Host Photo Exhibit On May 2013 Storms http://tornado.kgou.org/post/send-your-photos-oklahoma-tornado-project-host-photo-exhibit-may-2013-storms If you documented any part of the tornadoes that devastated parts of Oklahoma in May of 2013 through still photography, KGOU is asking you to share your photos for possible inclusion in an exhibit marking the one-year anniversary.<p>KGOU's <a href="http://tornado.kgou.org/">Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project</a> is partnering with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center to present a curated photography exhibit dedicated to last May’s storms in Oklahoma.&#160; Photo submissions should represent the storms of May 2013, and may include the aftermath and recovery.&#160; Selected photos wil Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:07:21 +0000 Laura Knoll 5984 at http://tornado.kgou.org Send In Your Photos: Oklahoma Tornado Project To Host Photo Exhibit On May 2013 Storms Serve Moore's Spring Break Renews City Park, Restores Community Pride http://tornado.kgou.org/post/serve-moores-spring-break-renews-city-park-restores-community-pride <p>During spring break, most college kids escape school and work for a simpler life at the beach. But sometimes, groups of teenagers and 20-somethings venture away from the sand and into the dirt.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One Oklahoma group’s efforts use those students to revitalize areas of Moore affected by the May 20&nbsp;tornado.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 5840 at http://tornado.kgou.org Serve Moore's Spring Break Renews City Park, Restores Community Pride Sounding The Social Media Alarm During Severe Weather http://tornado.kgou.org/post/sounding-social-media-alarm-during-severe-weather <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With tornado season approaching next month, many&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oklahomans</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will turn to social media sites like</span><a href="http://facebook.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Facebook&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and&nbsp;</span><a href="http://twitter.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Twitter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to stay informed of the latest hazards.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 5611 at http://tornado.kgou.org Sounding The Social Media Alarm During Severe Weather Oklahoma State House To Hear School Tornado Shelter Proposal http://tornado.kgou.org/post/oklahoma-state-house-hear-school-tornado-shelter-proposal <p>Last month, a proposal to fund school shelter construction using property taxes passed a State House committee. It was the only shelter bill the House of Representatives heard, and it’s supported by Governor Mary&nbsp;Fallin.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, lawmakers may vote to put it on the November ballot.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 5357 at http://tornado.kgou.org Oklahoma State House To Hear School Tornado Shelter Proposal A Battle Of Words: School Shelter Hearing Goes To State Supreme Court http://tornado.kgou.org/post/battle-words-school-shelter-hearing-goes-state-supreme-court <p>When the school shelter advocacy group&nbsp;<a href="http://takeshelterok.com">Take Shelter Oklahoma</a>&nbsp;formed several months ago, its goal was simple: to obtain enough signatures to get a $500 million&nbsp;<a href="http://tornado.kgou.org/post/update-group-launches-oklahoma-school-shelter-ballot-drive-0">bond issue</a>&nbsp;on the ballot and use that money to build safe rooms in schools to protect kids from tornadoes.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 5155 at http://tornado.kgou.org A Battle Of Words: School Shelter Hearing Goes To State Supreme Court Taxing Times For Oklahoma Tornado Survivors http://tornado.kgou.org/post/taxing-times-oklahoma-tornado-survivors <p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">While many view tax season as a nuisance, it can be especially frustrating for people struggling to rebound from disasters, like the deadly tornadoes that swept through the state last May. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some residents of central Oklahoma lost homes, cars and old tax documents, so they’re confused and unsure how to proceed, and that’s left many tornado alley taxpayers with lots of questions.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 4960 at http://tornado.kgou.org Taxing Times For Oklahoma Tornado Survivors Experts Say School Tornado Days Could Cause More Harm Than Good http://tornado.kgou.org/post/experts-say-school-tornado-days-could-cause-more-harm-good <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The death of seven students in the tornado that hit Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary School last May has ignited an ongoing debate about storm shelters and school safety. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 4738 at http://tornado.kgou.org Experts Say School Tornado Days Could Cause More Harm Than Good Fallin Introduces Storm Shelter Plan Amid Lawsuit From Shelter Advocacy Group http://tornado.kgou.org/post/fallin-introduces-storm-shelter-plan-amid-lawsuit-shelter-advocacy-group <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">When Danni Legg entered the Governor’s office last week, she was looking for answers.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 4500 at http://tornado.kgou.org Fallin Introduces Storm Shelter Plan Amid Lawsuit From Shelter Advocacy Group Safe Schools 101 Corrects Misinformation, Trains Professionals For Shelter Builds http://tornado.kgou.org/post/safe-schools-101-corrects-misinformation-trains-professionals-shelter-builds <p><span style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5;">Ever since a series of deadly tornadoes rattled the state in May, destroying two elementary schools, the idea of building safe rooms has become much more prominent. After all, according to one study released shortly after the storms, more than 60% of Oklahoma’s schools have no shelter at all. Now the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ok.gov/oem" style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5;">Department of Emergency Management</a><span style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is taking steps to fix that.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 4270 at http://tornado.kgou.org Safe Schools 101 Corrects Misinformation, Trains Professionals For Shelter Builds