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Marvin Haworth walks through a house frame that’s under construction in the Seiter Farms development in Moore, Oklahoma.

“You see these hurricane clips right there? You see one at every rafter in the house. They’re all tied to the wall, so that rafter cannot be pulled loose from the wall,” Haworth says as he points toward the connection between the frame’s walls and roof.

Architect Gary Armbruster of MA+ Architecture designed Canadian Valley Technology Center's new campus in El Reno.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Preschool students run tiny hands through a plastic tub of little blue beads that look like fish. They then scurry across the room to sing “The wheels on the bus” with their classmates.

It’s a bright, colorful, happy room here at the Canadian Valley Technical Center’s Child Development Center in El Reno, Oklahoma. And just a few steps down the hall, child care director Barbi Slimp opens the door to another room that’s just as cheerful.

Marvin Haworth stands outside a home his business is constructing in Moore, Oklahoma on May 14, 2018.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Marvin Haworth walks through a house frame that’s under construction in the Seiter Farms development in Moore, Oklahoma.

“You see these hurricane clips right there? You see one at every rafter in the house. They’re all tied to the wall, so that rafter cannot be pulled loose from the wall,” Haworth says as he points toward the connection between the frame’s walls and roof.

FEMA Public Information Officer, Nate Custer, left, and Resource Manager, Sterling Rich examine a newly installed storm shelter in Arkansas.
Charles S. Powell / FEMA

Applications to build storm shelters have spiked a month after a tornado touched down in Moore.

Moore spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey says officials there have noticed an increase in the number of people applying for storm shelters since the March 25 tornado.

Moore Waits To Apply For FEMA's Safe Room Rebate Program

Aug 25, 2014
Wesley Fryer / Flickr Creative Commons

After last year’s tornadoes in central Oklahoma, FEMA allocated $4 million in hazard mitigation funding for communities to safeguard against future severe weather.

The City of Moore didn’t qualify for that money because of an expired hazard mitigation plan. Moore has since updated the plan and is now eligible for future FEMA money. But it doesn’t look like officials plan on applying for that funding any time soon.

An Army Soldier Medal is awarded for distinguishing oneself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.
U.S. Army

A soldier with the Oklahoma National Guard who was seriously injured while trying to protect others when a massive tornado struck Moore last year is being honored with the Army's Soldier Medal.

Sergeant E.H. Pittman of will be honored during an event today at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Pittman previously was awarded the Oklahoma Star of Valor, but National Guard officials say that award is being rescinded and upgraded to the Soldier's Medal.

Kate Carlton Greer / Oklahoma Tornado Project

After a presidentially declared disaster like last year’s tornadoes in Central Oklahoma, the U.S. Small Business Administration often steps in, offering low-interest loans to help homeowners and businesses recover. But the SBA has been criticized in the past for being slow to respond. And following the 2013 storms in the Sooner State, many people still have complaints about the process.

Moore Medical Center after May 20, 2013 tornado
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers

This coming Tuesday is the first anniversary of the tornado that swept through Moore, killing 24 people, injuring at least 377 others, with an estimated 1,150 homes destroyed and an estimated $2 billion in damages.  

Governor Mary Fallin will help Moore City leaders in the "Moore Community Remembrance Ceremony" at 10 a.m. The event will also include a groundbreaking for the construction of the new Moore Medical Center.  

Then, the Oklahoma Strong Monument Project hosts "A Taste of the Town..." to raise funds for a planned monument to recognize the strength of Oklahomans.