Lesson from Louisiana: Don’t Forget the Renters

On May 20, 2013, a tornado with peak winds of 210 miles per hour struck Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people, injuring 377 more, destroying 1,150 homes and causing an estimated two billion dollars in damage.  After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated parts of Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005, state officials chose to prioritize the repair of owner-occupied homes over rented ones.  The lessons learned from the 2005 hurricane season apply to Moore.

Read more of Elizabeth Fussell’s Guest Post on the Oklahoma Policy Institute Blog here.