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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