Neosho school district makes plans for tornado shelter

Monday, September 26, 2011 | 8:20 a.m. CDT; updated 9:09 a.m. CDT, Monday, September 26, 2011

NEOSHO — A southwestern Missouri school district is making plans to build a nearly 14,000-square-foot tornado shelter on its high school campus.

The Neosho district applied unsuccessfully last year for funding to build a shelter. But a public engineer told the Neosho R-5 School Board last week that prospects are better now for getting a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Neosho Daily News reported the shelter would hold about 2,200 people and be designed to withstand an EF-5 tornado — the same strength as the tornado that devastated Joplin, about 20 miles to the north, in May.

Neosho is the seat of Newton County, where a tornado killed more than a dozen people in 2008.


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