Moore, Oklahoma Council Delays Storm Shelter Requirement

July 8, 2013

The Moore City Council in Oklahoma has tabled a proposal that would have required storm shelters for houses, apartments, mobile homes and group residential housing.

The council also delayed voting on a measure that would have required bolting and fastening to strengthen homes against tornadoes. Mayor Glenn Lewis says the city will meet with local builders before moving forward with the ordinances.

The Norman Transcript reported that many homebuilders already add tornado-safe features to the homes. But the deadly May 20 tornado struck mostly older neighborhoods that didn’t have storm shelters.

The city said it has received more than $420,000 in donations since the tornado. That’s in addition to money donated to organizations like United Way and the American Red Cross.

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