The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 12, 2011

Your view: Storm shelters needed

Liberty, Mo. — Why doesn’t a city the size of Joplin have tornado shelters throughout the city for all of us who can’t afford to build our own storm shelters?

Greensburg, Kan., now has shelters for its residents. Why not Joplin? That should be done before an F5 strikes and wipes a two- or three-mile wide path, killing a lot of people. Our neighbors talk about this. There’s no place to go.

I’ve seen what an F5 tornado did in Grandview, Mo. All that was left was just the flooring. Closets don’t help, bathroom tubs don’t help.

So why doesn’t Joplin have places for us to go to be safe close to the neighborhoods? I guess city officials will wait until Joplin is severely damaged. City officials better stop spending the city’s money to make Joplin beautiful, and think about the Joplinites who don’t have places to hide during a severe storm.

Colleen Bogener

Joplin

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