Moore, OK, Mayor Glenn Lewis vowed yesterday, May 22, to pursue an ordinance to require reinforced shelters in every new Moore home. Many of the homes in the decimated town had neither above- nor below-ground shelters, leaving the residents to hide in interior rooms, bathtubs, and closets. While small interior rooms are certainly the safest place in an otherwise unprotected home, they do not guarantee safety.
Oklahoma, despite being a state regularly ravaged by tornadoes, has a very small number of homes (1 in every 10) with basements. Uncooperative soil conditions are the chief reason for this deficit, however a number of other causes come into play.