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Old 11-29-2012, 01:59 AM
 
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Do most of the houses and apartment buildings in Fort Smith have tornado shelters? Are they necessary in the area?
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:04 PM
 
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No, some people have them but they aren't necessary. I've never seen an apartment building with a tornado shelter.
Some and possibly all of the elementary schools have public tornado shelters that unlock when the tornado sirens go off. They look like military bunkers from the outside, could be useful during a zombie apocalypse as well.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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"Most" do not and it is strictly a matter of opinion if a shelter is necessary. They do have tornado's and some families go to great expense to build one while others do not and accept the extremely small chance they will ever be hit by one.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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"Most" do not and it is strictly a matter of opinion if a shelter is necessary. They do have tornado's and some families go to great expense to build one while others do not and accept the extremely small chance they will ever be hit by one.

I guess you could consider it necessary, I meant more that its not a requirement to have one. Its not legally necessary to have one.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:04 PM
 
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We didn't think they were necessary either until May 22, 2011. Anyone living in tornado alley should have one.. and I believe Joplin and Moore proved the point that every apartment building and school it should be mandatory for shelters. We are relocating to the FS area and I have not found 1 single place that has a shelter. Being a survivor of an F5 tornado ... for me it is ABSOLUTELY necessary.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Fort Smith is somewhat sheltered from tornadoes due to being between the Ozarks and the Ouachitas in the River Valley. They do get them, but they are generally weaker and more short-lived than the ones to the west in Oklahoma or to the east in Dixie Alley. They did have a major one back in 1996 when an F3 tore up much of Fort Smith and Van Buren, but its not a regular occurrence like it is in OKC.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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We didn't think they were necessary either until May 22, 2011. Anyone living in tornado alley should have one.. and I believe Joplin and Moore proved the point that every apartment building and school it should be mandatory for shelters. We are relocating to the FS area and I have not found 1 single place that has a shelter. Being a survivor of an F5 tornado ... for me it is ABSOLUTELY necessary.
I agree. When we moved to Mena in Oct.2007 we were told that we didn't need one because Rich Mountain broke up all of the storms. In April 2009 Mena was hit by a very devestating tornado that missed our house by three houses. My advice, get one or find the nearest shelter.

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