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

2015 National Tornado Summit
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Dozens of people attending this year's National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City will tour the state's Emergency Operations Center for a simulated disaster response.

More than 150 people will visit the center on Monday as if a disaster has occurred. The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security's Command One trailer will also be on display.

The tour comes ahead of this year's tornado summit, which will draw about 1,000 emergency managers, insurance company representatives and city leaders from across the country.

OU Mulls Additional Storm Shelters

Sep 17, 2014
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The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents plans to discuss construction of storm shelters at its regular meeting Thursday.

In a release this week, the university said the board will consider a recommendation for the design and construction management services for three above-ground storm-hardened shelters for residents of the university's student housing facility apartment complexes: Traditions Square-East, Traditions Square-West and Kraettli Apartments.

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During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also know what to do when weather rolls in.

Shannon Reed is a Community Resiliency Specialist with the Red Cross. Last month, she spent a day in a gymnasium at Carney Elementary School, teaching kids about severe weather.