June 12, 2016

For Many Oklahomans, Storm Shelters Are Too Costly or Too Far Away

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The tornado that obliterated parts of Moore on May 20, 2013, left many residents there wanting government aid to help them buy residential storm shelters.

Clifton Adcock/Oklahoma Watch

The tornado that obliterated parts of Moore on May 20, 2013, left many residents there wanting government aid to help them buy residential storm shelters.

Even as the severe weather season winds down, more Oklahomans are adding storm shelters to new and existing homes, what with slightly lower costs and reasonable bank loan rates. But as Oklahoma Watch reporter Brad Gibson reveals, the lack of community shelters in cities and the upfront costs of a safe room at home leave lower-income people out of luck and vulnerable during dangerous storms.