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March 19, 2014

Timely building code changes in Moore

NORMAN — The building code changes made by the Moore City Council this week will likely be followed by other Oklahoma communities. The new requirements add about $1 per square foot to the price of a new home, a small price to pay for better piece of mind.

Moore city officials said the changes should be considered as an added layer of protection and not the only protection for property and life. The changes come as the state enters spring tornado season. It is believed to be one of the first cities in the nation to establish codes specifically aimed at tornadoes.

Builders in Moore were supportive of the changes. Some of them have been incorporating the code changes into their construction for many years. A post-tornado inventory showed what works and what doesn’t.

The timing encourages all of us to make emergency plans for storms. They include places to go, what to bring with you and how to contact others. Hundreds of storm shelters have been installed in central Oklahoma since the tornadoes of 2013.

In Norman, emergency managers continue to stress the shelter-in-place philosophy, as public shelters will no longer be opened when the sirens sound.

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