New storm shelters at Baptist College of Florida

Published: Apr. 6, 2017 at 6:04 PM CDT
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The Baptist College of Florida got five new storm shelters on Thursday.

President Thomas Kinchen brought the idea to the BCF Board of Trustees in January.

"The most important thing in my job is to guarantee quality of life and safety for our students, faculty and staff," Kinchen said.

The largest shelter is designed to fit 150 students.

The shelters can withstand 400 miles per hour winds. However, the shelters aren't limited to storms. They can also withstand 200 miles per hour projectiles.

"God forbid we should ever get a shooter, that type of situation on the campus, our folks could be protected in these as well," Kinchen said.

With recent severe weather, these shelters come as a relief to BCF students like Hollis Prange.

"It's nice to know that we are getting into storm season and hurricane season and so these are a nice added feature to the campus," Prange said.

"We can't control the weather," Kinchen said, "but we can control our response to it."

The five storm shelters will be strategically placed around the BCF campus.

"You know, to have these and just to know that we can go to them and be fine is very reassuring," Prange said.

For Kinchen, these storm shelters are a resource he hopes students never need to use.

"I pray that one day they'll rust away unoccupied, but if we do need them, I'm grateful to God that we've got them," he said.