Is Oklahoma’s Severe Weather Policy Grounded In Fact Or Folklore?

Aug 1, 2013

Gavin Hawkins walks through the rubble after the May 20, 2013 tornado in Moore.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Since the deadly tornadoes that struck the state this spring, StateImpact has been taking a look at Oklahoma’s severe weather policy, and asking questions like: Why aren’t there more safe rooms in schools?

What financial help is available for those needing a shelter at home?

And should buildings codes be changed to provide more tornado resistance?

Joe Wertz and Logan Layden challenge some of the assumptions state and local tornado preparedness are based on. The science is in, and policymakers might be surprised by some of what they found.