Moore puts ordinance requiring storm shelters in homes on hold

Posted on: 6:39 pm, July 3, 2013, by


MOORE, OK — Yesterday was the first day tornado victims in Moore could get a permit to rebuild, but they may have new requirements to pay attention to. Almost immediately after the May 20th storms, city officials began working on this city wide requirement but now they’ve put it on hold.

They are saying the proposal still has a chance. They just want to slow down and put together a committee to do it right.

Moore City Manager Steve Eddy says there is more to it than just requiring storm shelters in every home. They want to do everything they can to prevent total devastation from storms that seem to frequent their side of town.

“The mayor is wanting it to be passed, I think, or at least considered,” says Eddy. “So he was pushing it along and then everyone kind of realized maybe we were going a little bit too fast.”

So they put together a committee of experts.

“Homebuilders, some architects, some city staff, probably a couple of council members,” says Eddy.

Experts, Eddy says, will make sure the new requirements will actually benefit the city. Committee member Marvin Haworth says they will take their time to get it right.

“I think we’ll look at what we can do, what we can put in place and what the cost of it will be,” says Haworth. “We’ll have to balance the cost against how much benefit it will provide.”

How much the shelters will cost and how the community will respond to those costs are their biggest concerns, so mortgage expert Kelly Griggs calculated just how much it would be each year. He found that it could be as little as $14 a month.

Regardless of the expenses Haworth want to make sure these new requirements will save lives.

“Some of what we’re going to look at is what Joplin, Missouri did after their recent tornado,” says Haworth. “Some things that they implemented; we’re going to look at them and see how they will work here in Moore.”