There have seen a number of presentations pertaining to school safety here at the AMS meeting. Yesterday afternoon, forensic meteorological engineer Tim Marshall presented a paper on his investigation of buildings destroyed in the Joplin tornado.
The schools did not fare well.
Recently, I posted the tornado safety rules for schools and these presentations drove home how important they are, especially never to shelter in a room with an outside wall (see above) or in structure with a wide free-span roof (i.e., a gym).
That said, some of the hallways (where the students should shelter) didn’t fare very well either.
I’ve previously stated that it is time to take a second look at public shelters. Perhaps this capability should be built into schools.