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August 4, 2013

Rebuild Expo provides information for property owners after storms

MOORE — For the handful who attended the Rebuild Expo on Saturday, many walked out of Westmoore High School with valuable information.

The expo was hosted by the city of Oklahoma City so property owners could get information about repairing or rebuilding their homes or businesses with focuses on improving energy efficiency and storm resistance.

Attendees Al and Anne Warren said the main reason they wanted to go to the expo was because of a storm that hit their neighborhood three years ago and the aftermath that ensued involving a swarm of roofing companies.

“Our neighborhood got hit by a big hail storm and it took out every roof in our whole neighborhood. Skylights, windows, everything,” Al Warren said. “Every roof in our neighborhood had to be replaced, and the moment the storm was over, the roofers just showed up and you had no idea who they were, how to tell who was qualified and who wasn’t.”

Warren said he’s sure that many affected by the May tornadoes are going through the same thing, not only with just construction companies but with storm shelter companies as well.

“There’s all kinds of unscrupulous people out trying to market products,” he said. “But our whole goal was to say, ‘How do you find a reputable vendor to provide that product for you?’ and that, to us, was a real value, this presentation.”

Some of the presentations given Saturday included finding a storm shelter installer or distributor, selecting a home builder, how and why to select an architect, strategies for making homes storm- or wind-resistant and more.

Moore residents Daisy and Clarence Criton said they attended the expo to learn more about finding a contractor. The couple lived near Briarwood Elementary School.

Moore resident Donna Hester said she lives about one block south of Briarwood and attended the expo specifically for the presentation about finding a storm shelter installer or distributor.

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