Make no mistake about it; the protection of human life should always be our first and foremost goal. It is very important that safe rooms and storm shelters be an essential part of everybody’s severe weather plan, however, Oklahoma’s quality of life will be substantially improved if we can decrease the amount of damage caused to structures during tornadic activity. Thus far in 2013, insurance companies in Oklahoma have paid out nearly 1.75 Billion Dollars in claims for storm damage. Those claims translate into higher premiums. The loss of a home is emotionally devastating as is the loss of irreplaceable items of personal property and photographs. It is time that we pulled our head out of the proverbial sand, upgraded our building codes, and improve the quality of life in Oklahoma.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as State Representative. If you have questions or comments about this issue or any other matter, please contact me at David.Perryman@okhouse.gov or 405-557-7401.