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Habitat family_first fortified home

Habitat for Humanity builds homes meant to survive Oklahoma storms

Habitat for Humanity builds homes meant to survive Oklahoma storms

Homes built to Fortified Home High Wind and Hail standards can withstand wind speeds up to 135 mph.

Court gives mixed ruling in storm shelter fight

Take Shelter Oklahoma, a group that had been collecting signatures to force a ballot question to use $500 million in state bonds to build shelters, filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Scott Pruitt last year after he changed the language on their petition and ballot. The lawsuit made its way to the state Supreme Court,

Shelter petition group files suit against governor

Take Shelter, represented by Oklahoma City attorney David Slane, has alleged in court documents that Fallin, Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the State Chamber of Commerce conspired to defeat the petition drive, which required 160,000 signatures so the measure could be decided by voters. Slane claims the emails are necessary for a Feb. 25 Oklahoma

Take Shelter Oklahoma wants Governor to release files

Take Shelter Oklahoma, led by Oklahoma City attorney David Slane, wants all communications between the governor’s office, the State Chamber of Commerce, lawmakers and Attorney General Scott Pruitt in connection with a public school storm shelter drive and the state’s franchise tax. The deadline for receiving the communications is Friday. “The governor has a practice

It still hurts

Although homes and businesses have been rebuilt since the May 20 twisters ripped through Moore, people’s lives are a different story. One of countless victims from the devastating tornadoes, Waldroop still suffers from physical and emotional scars that may never heal. Her daughter, Shannon Quick, died at her side as the EF5 twister mangled sections


More than 2,000 families in Moore, El Reno and Shawnee are getting help to rebuild their homes. TOTO USA, a leading manufacturer of bathroom products, is lending a hand by donating showers, bathroom fixtures and toilets. Bill Strang, president of operations for TOTO, is familiar with disaster relief. “When we saw the devastation that occurred

BREAKING: Petition drive seeks storm shelter funding

Take Shelter Oklahoma is a movement that comes four months after a series of tornadoes ripped through southwest Oklahoma City and Moore, killing 47 people, including seven children at Plaza Towers Elementary. Twisters also struck Canadian Valley Vocational Technology Center on May 31 and leveled parts of Pottawatomie County on May 19, killing two people

Resilient repetition

From our elected officials and our local celebrities to those survivors affected directly by the most current crisis, some version of these words gushes out each time: “You can replace things, not lives. We’re going to rebuild. Oklahomans are a resilient people.” The adjective “resilient,” in particular, has become the word du jour following a


They affected me in different ways. There was no water or electricity. Looters combed someone’s home for what they might steal, whether demolished or still left standing. The slow-moving highways and byways had people rubbernecking at the destruction. However, neighbors reached out to share what we had and exchanged stories. Tents of clothes, food, water

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