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ERIC Number: EJ919337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Keeping Students Safe: Introducing the Monolithic Dome
Lanham, Carol
School Business Affairs, v75 n6 p14-16 Jun 2009
The tiny town of Niangua, Missouri, made national headlines in 2008 when a rare cluster of winter tornadoes tore across the state on an unseasonably warm January night. The twisters killed a Niangua woman in her trailer home and destroyed numerous other structures. News photos of the trailer debris were a sobering reminder of the vulnerability of the town's youngest residents: preschoolers who regularly attended class in a double-wide trailer only one mile away. Just a little over a year later, the town is making national headlines again, but this time the news is good. This article discusses the revolutionary steel-reinforced concrete dome that the Niangua R-V School District is building. It will serve as the district's new preschool classroom and double as the town's disaster shelter. The building's unique shape and ability to offer near-absolute protection from tornadoes is noteworthy. But what gives this project national prominence is that the dome building is being constructed with a $300,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The project's federal funding is sparking hope among superintendents in other disaster-prone school districts that more government money may soon be in the pipeline to fund what is known as predisaster mitigation efforts. Those are funds earmarked to help a community "before" disaster strikes, and could become more of a priority in the Obama administration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri