John High doesn’t have a windowless room in the house that he rents in Norman, Oklahoma. Since he can’t afford a wheelchair accessible storm shelter, he has nowhere safe to go during Oklahoma’s frequent tornadoes. (Jackie Fortiér / StateImpact Oklahoma)
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John High knows that when he hears a tornado siren, he’s on his own. 

This story also appeared in StateImpact Oklahoma

“I just pray. That’s all I can do,” High says while sitting in his motorized wheelchair at his home in Norman, Oklahoma.

That’s because he doesn’t have a safe place to go. 

“One person told me ‘put on a football helmet and go in your kitchen.’ I got a window in every room of this house, so there’s really no place for me to go. That’s why I’m trying to get a shelter,” he said.