Students Search for Potential Storm Shelter Sites

March 18, 2006 - Posted at 9:02 p.m. CST

SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) _ More than 40 middle school and high school

students were expected to canvass Pettis County today, looking for

potential storm shelters.

Organizers say it's purely coincidence that the long-planned

project comes a week after storms slammed the area, killing one

woman as she fled her mobile home. The county doesn't have any

public storm shelters and doesn't require mobile home parks or

business owners to build shelters of their own.

The University of Missouri Extension Service and the Missouri

National Guard will train the students on how to use Global

Positioning System technology to identify potential shelters.

Organizers say they'll give county officials a copy of the

students' results.

County officials say they've drawn up plans for storm shelters

but can't afford to build them to meet federal accessibility


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