The Norman Transcript

Business

July 21, 2013

Storm shelter business booming

NORMAN — The Norman Planning and Community Development department recently reported that 36 permits were issued for storm shelters between July 10 and July 17.

“We’ve certainly seen a great increase in storm shelter permits since May 20,” said Susan Connors, planning and community development director.

Since the May 19-20 tornadoes, the addition of storm shelters has been a trend in Norman. During the week of May 15-22, only 23 single-family addition or alteration permits were issued. It is unknown how many were tornado shelters, but those numbers took a huge jump after the tornado, prompting city staff to track shelter numbers.

In the six weeks preceding the tornadoes, single-family addition permits averaged about 27 per week, ranging from 21 to a high 38 in one week.

· May 29-June 5: 51 single-family addition/alteration permits were issued — the city does not say how many are storm shelters, but this is nearly double the average number of addition permits from earlier weeks

· June 5-12: 69 of the 80 single-family addition or alteration permits were storm shelters

· June 12-19: 47 of the 64 single-family addition permits were storm shelters

· June 19-26: 56 of the 61 addition or alteration permits issued were storm shelters

· June 26- July 3: 34 of the 47 single-family addition or alteration permits issued were storm shelters.

· July 3-10: 37 of the 48 single-family addition/alteration permits were storm shelters.

“There are certain requirements in our code that they have to meet,” Connors said. “Most of the major storm shelter installers know they have to meet the code and are aware of that. We wouldn’t issue a permit if they weren’t meeting our standards.”

Joy Hampton

366-3539

jhampton@

normantranscript.com

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Tunneling your way through the Internet

    Surfing” the Internet used to be a popular pastime. You hopped on your computer surfboard and rode the waves of the Internet, randomly surfing and exploring from one website to the next....

    August 1, 2014

  • Ideal Homes to dedicate Oklahoma’s first Home for HOPE

    Ideal Homes dedicated the company’s first Home for HOPE on Wednesday at 13209 SW 5th in Yukon....

    July 27, 2014

  • Todd Lamb to keynote luncheon

    Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will provide the keynote address at the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Lunch at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 6 at the National Weather Center. Lamb will speak on state issues that may impact local business and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma learns about storm water proposal

    The Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma invited Norman Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary to talk about the new storm water fee proposal at its luncheon Thursday....

    July 27, 2014

  • Backing up everything, everywhere, not as easy as it should be

    Though we may wish or believe otherwise, computing devices are still somewhat of a hassle to use. Some devices, like Apple’s iPad, come close to being fully realized machines, but even iPads have their clunky side....

    July 27, 2014

  • Is using E10 or ‘pure’ gasoline more economical?

    An analysis by AAA Oklahoma shows that at today’s prices, E10 motor fuel is cheaper to use than 100 percent gasoline, despite the fewer miles per gallon produced by E10, which is a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline....

    July 27, 2014

  • Appellate judge retiring

    The Honorable Charles A. Johnson retired from the Court of Criminal Appeals after 25 years on the bench. Johnson was appointed to the court on Oct. 31, 1989, by Gov. Henry Bellmon to fill the unexpired term of Hez J. Bussey. After 59 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Candy Basket celebrates 25 years

    Perhaps it’s the chocolate covered blueberries whose deliciousness still lingers. Or maybe it’s the blood orange and wild honey white chocolate ganache that won’t soon be forgotten by your taste buds. At The Candy Basket there is decadence ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Bramlett & Associates adopts new name reflective of business

    Bramlett & Associates Multimedia LLC (Bramlett Multimedia), 215 W. Main St., announced this month that the company will change its name after 12 years in business and will do business as BOLD-Multimedia. The announcement, made first to ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Toothpick holders convention coming to Norman

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collection in 1936,” Ryan said. Ryan was born in 1940, and she grew up crawling around toothpick holders, as have ...

    July 20, 2014