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Two Oklahoma legislators are responding to abnormally violent tornadoes that pounded the state in the spring by calling for studies on tougher building codes and more storm shelters in certain areas. Oklahoma was one of three states in late May that experienced a rash of tornadoes that claimed 15 lives and displaced hundreds of people. The storms came just days after the nation’s most deadly tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, claiming the lives of 155 people.

The Tulsa Sun reported that Reps. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, and Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, are requesting a state study on the viability of increasing access to storm shelters, as well as the possibility of increased building code standards. Currently, Oklahoma does not have a statewide building code standard and leaves it up to local jurisdiction.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) recently…

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