First ever “safety home” complete in Moore

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MOORE, Okla. - Living in Oklahoma comes with weather risks.

That's why many Moore tornado victims are rebuilding with safety in mind.

A new home in east Moore has been built to withstand anything Mother Nature dishes out.

It looks like any other new home in this neighborhood, but it's what you can't see that makes it so sturdy.

Half this home is an 86,000 pound, steel reinforced, concrete box.

It's welded to the slab with metal plates.

There are even 1/8 inch thick steel shutters to cover the windows during severe weather.

Keller Williams Realtor, Gary Culver said, "In bad weather you don't have to go out in the backyard to find that shelter or in the garage and say, oh the car is over the top of it. I can't get in."

The price difference between a concrete building and traditional construction is about $3 - $5 a square foot.

The builder says you'll save that in increased energy efficiency.

More important than money is peace of mind, especially during Oklahoma's violent severe weather season.

Culver said, "There is no price tag on families, on life and what we saw last May, devastation in the southeast, yeah, safety is important. We'd like to see every home have some type of safety feature for families."

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