Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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PORTABLE CLASSROOMS UNSAFE IF TORNADO HITS

My children attend the OakLeaf School, which has a lot of portables. In fact, a lot of schools here in Clay County are using portables. They recently participated in a tornado drill in school, which is great. What is not so great is that during the drill they went to the main building.

I do not think many of us are thinking about how unsafe portables are in the event of a tornado. Does the school board really think our kids (running out of 20-plus portables) are all going to be able to reach the main building before a fast moving twister hits? Let alone that our children would have to be exposed leaving the portable to get to the main building. What if they were outside on the way to the building when a twister hits?

I know the portables are temporary, supposedly, but many existing schools have had them for years now. Rather than build onto existing schools they use these. Portables are basically mobile homes and we all know what happens to mobile homes in a tornado. …

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