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States Invest to "Storm Proof" Schools with Safe Rooms
One billion dollars in damages - that was the Oklahoma Department of Insurance's estimate following the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013. Following this storm and others like the one that hit Joplin, Missouri, in 2011, school officials across the country are seeking better ways to protect students inside of educational facilities, and safe rooms are standing out as a popular -and sometimes economical - choice. Read more
The construction industry grew 10 percent in 2012, and is projected to grow another 12 percent in 2013, according to recent data from McGraw-Hill Construction. The data, taken between January and May 2013, also revealed the top 20 American cities for construction growth. The top cities are:
- New York
- Washington D.C.
- Los Angeles
- Put together a team of experts to handle the project from the outset.
- Find ways to get creative with funding, for example considering shared spaces with the local community that could ease the burden of costs.
- Make sure a strong telecommunications backbone is in place before the work begins and provide ample training.