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Okla. Mayor: We'll Mandate Storm Shelters in New Homes
Says Moore will push for new law ASAP
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 10:00 AM CDT
This aerial photo shows homes damaged by Monday's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – The mayor of the Oklahoma city devastated by a tornado this week says he'll push for a new law requiring all new homes to be built with storm shelters or safe rooms. "We'll try to get it passed as soon as I can," the Moore mayor told CNN. Many Oklahoma houses do not have storm shelters currently, the BBC adds, as they can run up to $5,000 to build. But the shelter-building business is booming in the aftermath of the tornadoes, with one Oklahoma company saying it fielded 600 calls yesterday alone, the Huffington Post reports.

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guest2012
May 23, 2013 1:09 PM CDT
The mayor is going to "push for a new law requiring all new HOMES to be built with storm shelters or safe rooms"??? What about the SCHOOLS????? They should ALL have storm shelters or safe rooms too. The one school that was flattened by the Tornado didn't have a storm shelter OR a safe room!!!
jlfellows
May 23, 2013 6:24 AM CDT
Now you know why there are so many Okie jokes; it only took them 200 years to figure out they were so dumb they NEED a LAW mandating storm shelters instead of just figuring after the first time hearing about tornadoes they needed to protect their families from those god awful storms. I'm just surprised congress did jump in their and draw up the blue prints, of course there's still time for that if of course congress can even find Oklahoma.
tedsain1
May 22, 2013 9:01 PM CDT
This is all well and good. However, if there's another episode it won't save the structures above ground.