May 24, 2013
The tornadoes that killed 26 people in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday and brought severe damage to the town of Moore might turn 2013 into one of history’s most damaging storm years, and as news reports question the lack of shelters in Oklahoma, insurance experts say that Tornado Alley residents are more prepared than ever to handle tornado damage.
Aside from the issue of homes without shelters, a Reuters story addresses the fact that schools leveled by the Moore tornado did not have areas of refuge for those within. Reuters quotes Larry Tanner, research associate for the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University who studies how shelters behave in fierce storms, as saying that public buildings should have shelters or safe rooms in areas prone to large storms. “Schools should all be built with shelters,” Tanner says, adding, “I would prefer my taxpayer money being directed toward shelters rather than AstroTurf on ball fields.”