BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- As reports emerge from Moore, Oklahoma, that nation has learned that schools caught the full impact of Monday's EF-5 tornado.
Alabamians have also seen their share of devastation. Eight students died at an Enterprise school in 2007 when an EF-4 tornado destroyed the hall they took shelter in. Educators have almost always advocated hallways as the safe place.
Tuesday, reporter Karen Church investigated how Alabama's newest schools are being designed to save lives. After the tornado hit Enterprise, new standards were put in place to ensure Alabama schools can withstand severe weather.
Dr. Rafael McDaniel is the Jefferson County Director of New Construction. He gave FOX6 News a tour of the new Concord Elementary School, which will open this fall.
"If the children in Moore, Oklahoma ahd been in this school when the tornado hit...they'd still be alive," Daniel said. "This shelter can withstand 250 mile an hour winds."