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Storm Shelters to Be Installed in Atoka County

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TUSHKA, OK -- April 14, 2011 a tornado ripped through the town of Tushka, OK. One organization has been completing projects ever since to help restore the community back to normal.

A.C.T.O.R, which stands for Atoka County Tornado Organization for Recovery, has been returning the city of Tushka to a healthy and safe town by repairing houses and buildings since the tornado hit.

One last project on their agenda involves installing six storm shelters across the county of Atoka.   The project has been funded by many in the community and with the help of the Reba McEntire fundraiser.

Victor Cook, Pastor of Pleasantview Baptist Church and a member of the Board for A.C.T.O.R. says the project would not have been possible without the support and volunteers of the community.

"Standard Machine is the one that is building our storm shelters and they gave us a really good discount on them so we could get as many as possible and we had the help of Keith Southerland, he's a construction company that will do all of our digging."

The six shelters will be installed by near these locations: Pleasantview Baptist Church, New Zion Methodist Church, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Southside Baptist Church, Choctaw Community Center, and Posey Howard Family Community Park.

"We have that the four located in the Atoka area, they cover the highly populated areas of Atoka and there's a lot of area there where there's a lot of residents that don't have shelters. So we put the four larger ones there and then we have the two smaller ones in these out lying locations like Pleasantview and New Zion Methodist Church," explains Cook.

"And we have already received praise from the state and from several different organizations on how quickly we responded and that's what we were able to do with the funding. And if it hadn't have been for all the volunteers, that money wouldn't have gone nearly as far as it did."