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

(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.

This aerial photo shows homes damaged by Monday's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
This aerial photo shows homes damaged by Monday's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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