Natural Disasters

Okla. Mayor Proposes Mandated Safety Shelters in All New Homes

In wake of deadly tornado


The mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb that was devastated by a massive tornado Monday says he wants safe-room shelters built in all new homes.

Moore Mayor Glen Lewis, on Wednesday, said  he will propose an ordinance in the next couple of days at the Moore City Council that would modify building codes to require the construction of reinforced shelters in every new home in the town of 56,000.

Lewis says he is confident he'll get the four votes needed on the six-member council. The measure could be in force within months.

Underground safe rooms are typically built below garages and can cost around $4,000.