May 22nd, 2013
09:57 PM ET

Family is alive after riding out tornado in storm cellar

Tonight the deaths of 24 people from Monday's destructive tornado is raising new questions about whether there is a way to better protect people from the threat of tornadoes and extreme weather.

Moore's website clearly states:

"We at the City of Moore Emergency Management Department advocate that every residence have a storm safe-room or an underground cellar."

Mayor of tornado-ravaged town: New law needed to keep people safe

Yet the city estimates that only about 10 percent of homes in Moore actually have an underground shelter.
And as we've seen and heard from survivors of Monday's tornado – these shelters often mean the difference between life and death.

Ed Lavandera has the story OutFront.

Filed under: Oklahoma Tornado
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  1. Katie

    Freedom includes the freedom to take your own risks and live with the consequences of said risks. There ABSOLUTELY should not be a law requiring storm shelters in residential properties. I am not strictly opposed to requiring all NEW schools to include a shelter. However, both of these schools were built prior to the 1st extremely rare F5 tornado in 1999. It is also extremely rare for a tornado to hit during school hours (they usually develop after school hours). It is not unreasonable to think that a large structure like a school is in itself an adequate tornado shelter. So, the national media really needs to calm down and, frankly, butt out when it comes to shelters. I lived in more for more for the 1st 20 years of my life, there is no negligence on the part of Moore Schools here. Would you have supported a law that required all new structures in New Orleans be built on stilts? Or required the Freedom Tower to withstand an impact from an airplane?

    May 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply

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