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Safe room mandates remain rare in tornado states

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MOORE, OK (WKOW) – When a deadly tornado whipped through the central Oklahoma City of Moore, many survivors emerged from their storm shelters to find their homes completely blown away.

The mayor suggested that storm shelters should be mandated for new homes, but it might be a hard sell.  Not a single state currently requires storm shelters in new homes.

Although the storm shelters would have life-saving potential, cost remains a major deterrent.  So does a general resistance to government mandates in politically conservative states in the nation's heartland where tornadoes are most prevalent.

Oklahoma currently uses federal funds to award $2,000 rebates to residents who win a special storm-shelter lottery.

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